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Tigers take many positives along with silverware

  • Published at 10:51 pm May 19th, 2019
Mushfiqur Rahim
Bangladesh wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim bats at net during an optional training session at Grace Road in Leicester Sudnay BCB

Four talking points from Tigers' historic tri-series triumph 

Soumya on song 

Opener Soumya Sarker’s form just before the World Cup is a pleasing thing for the Bangladesh team. Just a year ago he was omitted from squad due to bad form. But he has transformed his form timely and looks to be in good touch in the recent months. He finished his Dhaka Premier League season with centuries including a mammoth double ton, the only so far by a Bangladeshi in a List A match, and hinted to start the tri-nation with high confidence. He played three innings in four matches where he struck three half centuries (73, 54, 66) with an average of 64.33 and strike rate of 109.65. It is a good sign for the Tigers ahead of the big event. 

Fizz needs to find his rhythm soon

Mustafizur Rahman is one of the key weapons in Bangladesh's bowling armory. The left-arm pacer was dealing with injuries in last few months and did not play in the DPL regularly. Fizz conceded 83 runs in first match against West Indies but turned things around when he took four wickets conceding 43 runs and adjudged man of the match in the second match. But he was expensive again as he gave away 50 runs in his 5 overs in the final. His inconsistency is a slight concern for Tigers as he is their main bowler in slog overs which will be crucial in the World Cup in England, where it is expected to be a run fest. 

Spin duo crucial in the middle period

Shakib al Hasan and Mehedi Hasan Miraz bowled brilliantly in the first two matches and restricted the Windies for moderate totals on both occasions. In the first match they conceded 71 runs and took 2 wickets jointly and in second match they conceded 68 runs and took 2 wickets. The number of wickets may be not many but the effect was paramount in the outcome of the games. The spin attack will be crucial for the Tigers in the World Cup as it’s a long tournament and spinners will get advantage as the tournament proceeds. 

Reserves shine to strengthen bench strength

Bangladesh took their 15-man World Cup squad for the tri-nation series. All the key players of the squad have performed well in the series. But the satisfying matter is that the players from the bench also showed their class when opportunity arrived. Liton Kumar Das got one chance and scored 76 runs which was impressive. Mosaddek Hossain got two matches and he was the hero in the final as he smashed a splendid 52-run innings off just 27 deliveries. Abu Jayed Rahi got two chances and he picked a five-wicket haul in his second match. It proved that Tigers have strong strength in the bench which is positive for the team.