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What Tigers need to do in do or die battle

  • Published at 09:22 pm July 1st, 2019
Mustafizur Rahman during training in Birmingham Monday Md Manik from England

Bangladesh need to beat India to remain alive in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

It’s a do or die situation for Bangladesh as they need to beat India to remain alive in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. But it will be a daunting task for the Tigers as India, the pre-tournament favourites, are one of the most balanced and powerful sides in the tournament. However, they will take on the field confidently and they need to ensure a few things for a cherished outcome. 

Mashrafe needs to step up

The world cup has not gone well so far for bowler Mashrafe Mortaza. Two wickets from six matches do not match with his consistent record in last few years for the Tigers. Mashrafe has good memories since he contributed massively in two famous wins against India, once in 2004 in Dhaka and another in 2007 in the West Indies’ World Cup. In both the occasions, Mashrafe was adjudged as player of the match. Mashrafe needs to step up today and lead from the front to continue his good record against India but more so, for the sake of his team.

A big innings from the top order

In the Champions Trophy semifinal against India, Bangladesh had a good start. From 154 for two, they managed to score just 264 runs in 50 overs which was never enough against a strong batting lineup like that of India. In the Asia cup final in 2018, Bangladesh collapsed dramatically since from 120 for 0, they were folded for only 222. And in tomorrow’s match, the top order must provide a good start which is pivotal against a team like India. India have a strong bowling lineup with plenty of variations in their bowling armory. Therefore, the batsmen need to be cautions.

Fizz needs to be consistent

Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman's bowling performance have been a maverick one in the ongoing World Cup as he bowled good spells as well as a few below par spells, at times. For example, his first spell against West Indies at Taunton was pretty ordinary compared to other bowlers as he was struggling with his line and length initially. But in the death overs, he performed brilliantly as he took two important wickets during crucial moments in the game. Mustafiz needs to be clinical against India from the beginning today. The pacer came to limelight by shattering records against India in Tigers’ home series win back in 2015. He also helped IPL team Sunrises Hyderabad to win their maiden title. Mustafiz has plenty of experience of playing against Indian players. It will be a used pitch against India at Edgbaston tomorrow and his slower and cutters could prove useful for the Tigers.

Need early wickets

There is no option for the Tigers apart from picking early wickets against India. India have a strong top order in the shape of Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli who make up the Blue’s top three. Although Shekhar Dhawan was ruled out against India, all of these three batsmen can bat long when settled. Rohit has scored three centuries in the World Cup so far while Kohli has struck five consecutive half-centuries. Also, Rahul scored a century against Bangladesh in their practice match at Cardiff. The concern is that Bangladesh have managed to take only two wickets in first ten overs in their last six matches. 

Sharp fielding

Fielding has to be clinical and electric against India. Bangladesh have showed some good skills in field in a few matches but they were sloppy in a few as well. Sharp fielding is always a great tool in modern day cricket and it certainly lifts the body language among the team in crucial moments of the game. For example, a sharp catch at the backward point of David Warner when he was on 10 or a missed run out chance of Warner when he was 30 proved too costly for Tigers in the end as Warner went on to score 160 as Australia scored a pile of runs at Trent Bridge. And Mushfiq’s missed run out chance in the game against New Zealand was also a turning point as Bangladesh lost the game narrowly. Bangladesh will not want to repeat such costly errors as India have a very strong batting lineup and experienced batsmen who can utilize missed chance to score big.