Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah said his team is focusing on playing positive and aggressive cricket to win in the second T20I against India
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad said his team is focusing on playing positive and aggressive cricket to win against hosts India as they will face each other at the Saurashtro Cricket Association Cricket stadium on Thursday.
Bangladesh have won the first game with an impressive performance and Mahmudullah is hoping to carry the confidence and momentum they have got from the first game of the three-match series at Delhi.
“Our approach will be to play aggressive and positive cricket and win the game for Bangladesh. As we have won the first match, we have extra confidence at the moment. But all I can say that we are not carried away with the first match win. We are eagerly waiting to compete in tomorrow’s game. Everyone has worked hard in training and trying to give their hundred percent in training sessions. We are focusing to give everything and perform as a team to win the next game,” said Mahmudullah during the pre-match press conference at Rajkot on Wednesday.
Bangladesh camp is aware of the India team’s strength and expecting a tough contest in the second game in the Rajkot where pitches generally offers good assistance to the batsmen.
“We know India are very strong team and they will try to bounce back strongly. Probably they will play more attacking cricket in next match and so does we. I believe if you can judge the wicket well, bowl with proper length and put the right fielder in right place then you have good chance to win in T20 cricket,”.
“Taking right decision at right moment is very important in T20 format. You can set a plan but then you might change the game plan according to game situation in T20 matches. We need to focus on that as well,” he added.
India have relatively inexperienced bowling attack as there is no Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami or Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Bangladesh batted well in the first game and chased the 148-run target with three balls to spare losing just three wickets. But skipper Mahmudullah believes India have versatile bowling attack and although their bowling department is seemingly inexperienced considering number of international matches, but they have plenty of experience of playing T20 cricket.
“There bowling attack is very versatile. They have good spinners and pacers as well. They are good bowling side for T20 cricket. As I said we have to right on the top from first ball, take the momentum on our side and take the game forward,” Mahmdudullah concluded.