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Taskin: Batting, bowling haven’t clicked for us

  • Published at 07:04 pm March 9th, 2018
Taskin: Batting, bowling haven’t clicked for us
Bangladesh failed to execute their primary intention of making a winning start by losing their first game in the Nidahas T20I tri-nation series against India at R Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo Thursday. However, with three more matches to spare and counting India’s one loss in their two games, the Tigers have their hope intact. And Tigers paceman Taskin Ahmed believes they are very much in the competition. Bangladesh in their second match of the series will take on host Sri Lanka Saturday at the same venue. The visiting side did not have any practice session Friday, instead they enjoyed a session at the swimming pool in their team hotel. They also had a meeting to analyse their mistakes form the India game and strategise against the Lankans. "We are still in the competition. We have to win at least two of the three remaining games. It is a big challenge to play against the home side. Sri Lanka are also in good shape. We have to execute well with bat and ball," said Taskin to the media in Colombo Friday. Bangladesh's intent of all-out attack against India bowlers turned out to be a big failure, and the chief reason behind the defeat. The seven bowlers used in the game were decent but without enough runs on the board to defend, the Tigers suffered a six-wicket defeat and displayed yet another performance where the two departments had failed to complement each other. "Batting and bowling haven't been combining well for us, in recent times. We have to make this a consistent affair. I think 170-180 is a good score at this ground. Even if we score 140-150, our bowlers can try very hard but the wicket is flat so you can't stop the runs," Taskin explained. Easier said than done, the Tigers in back of their mind will be aware of the challenges which they have to overcome against Sri Lanka for a win. In their recent affairs, Sri Lanka got the better of the Tigers in Bangladesh. The Lankans under the supervision of head coach Chandika Hathurusingha, outplayed the Tigers in the ODI tri-series and two-match Test and T20I series’. They returned home proud, with a clean sweep under their belt in the tour of Bangladesh, which lasted more than 40 days. "It is going to be a tough challenge against Sri Lanka. We have to work hard. We have to improve ourselves. We trained really hard back home in Bangladesh, especially our bowling. We did a lot of spot bowling. Sri Lanka are a confident side as of late. They defeated us in two T20Is recently. If we have to beat them, we have to play really well," said Taskin.