Bangladesh in the first three matches of the Nidahas T20I tri-nation series played six specialist batsmen, and five bowlers in order to deny the oppositions from scoring big. The strategy however, did not work out with India chasing down 140 runs with ease in the first game and Sri Lanka scoring 174 in the second. The Tigers took on India for the second time in the series Wednesday and saw the opponent post 176 which Bangladesh failed to chase down, eventually falling short by 17 runs.
It was only in their second match, against Sri Lanka, where Bangladesh batsmen could make an impact as they wrote history chasing down 214. While in the other two games, both against former world champion India, the side struggled, losing top-order batsmen at regular intervals.
This has triggered discussion as to what the Tigers should do with regards to the No 7 batsman which could allow them to put some quick runs in the death overs. Bangladesh have probable options in Nurul Hasan and Ariful Haque sitting idle in the dressing room so far in the series and the side will perhaps look into it when they lock horn with Sri Lanka in the unofficial semi-final Friday at R Premadasa Cricket Stadium in Colombo.
Bangladesh stand-in captain Mahmudullah however, cited risk over tinkering with the combination.
"Every team have scored heavily in this tournament. If you play with one less bowler, there is more risk. You need to have five specialist bowlers. We are relying a lot on our top-order batting. I think they didn't do it [Wednesday] but we are hopeful that they will do the job in the next game," said Mahmudullah following their defeat against India Wednesday.
Bangladesh will take on Sri Lanka with memories from the last game where the Tigers pulled off a record 215-run chase to win the game by five wickets. Mahmudullah however, believes it will be a fresh start when they face the home side.
"It will be a new game for us. Sri Lanka may feel the pressure since they are playing at home. At the same time, they will get all the support. We need to be fresh and think about what we need to do to execute in those conditions. I think death bowling is a concern for us, probably. We need to figure out how to lessen the damage at that stage of the innings," said Mahmudullah.