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  • Published at 09:48 pm September 23rd, 2019
Mahmudullah during practice in Mirpur Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Bangladesh throughout the series have suffered from early loss of wickets

Bangladesh will focus on not losing too many early wickets in the first 10 overs when the side goes to bat against Afghanistan in the final of the tri-nation T20I series at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium Tuesday.

Bangladesh throughout the series have suffered from early loss of wickets. Bangladesh had three opening combinations in their four matches of the tournament involving Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim and Najmul Islam Shanto. 

However, in none of the game the openers could stand to hold even the first five overs. The pressure built due to the early loss denied the remaining of the batting lineup yield a satisfactory outcome and as result the side not having enough wickets in hand, have not been able to capitalise going into the backend overs of the innings.   

“We have not played a perfect game of cricket yet. It has been a mix and we are trying to find the perfect game. We have not got to the last five or six overs with only two or three wickets down. We lost one or two too many wickets in the first 10 overs. 

So we want to get to over number 15 may be with two wickets down which will allow us to try and exploit the last five overs. That’s one area that we will try to focus on and try to keep few wickets in hand for the backend overs,” explained Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo to the reporters at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Monday.

Bangladesh’s track record against Afghanistan in the shortest format of cricket has put the title decider at a balance. Despite Bangladesh being superior in experience and playing at home the hosts are not being claimed as the favorites. 

Bangladesh have come to the T20I series at the back of losing the lone Test against Aghanistan and then lose the first encounter in 20 overs before winning the second one by four wickets on Saturday in Chittagong.

Domingo, dealing his first assignment for Bangladesh since taking the job in August, said his side will need to work hard for the win against Afghanistan. Domingo also ruled out national all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin’s expectation [shared with the media on Sunday] of winning the game with Bangladesh players contribution to their 60 to 70 percent potential. 

“I don’t think we are going to win with 60 percent. I think we will beaten by Afghanistan if we play at our 60 percent. So there is always the challenge for us to try and get better. I think we played to our 60 to 70 percent in our last game but Afghanistan played to their 50 percent of potential. So if we don’t raise our intensity Afghanistan can beat us and there is no doubt about it,” said Domingo.