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Domingo: Someone needs to score big for us to stand a chance

  • Published at 09:26 pm November 9th, 2019
Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim and Soumya Sarkar during training in Nagpur Saturday AFP

The coach urged top-order batsmen Liton and Soumya to improve their decision making, so that they would not lose their wickets after becoming set at the crease

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domningo has said one of his charges needs to score big for them to stand a chance of clinching the T20I series against India in the final match Sunday. 

Bangladesh lost by eight wickets in the second game of the series at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot Thursday, after setting India a modest target of 153 on a good batting pitch. 

Liton Kumar Das (29), Mohammad Naim (36), Soumya Sarkar (30) and Mahmudullah (30) all got starts, but failed to get the big score to anchor the innings.

Addressing a press conference at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur Saturday, Domingo said, “We definitely talked about scoring big last night (Friday). Mushfiqur [Rahim] got the big score in the first match and we won, in the second game Rohit [Sharma] got the big score and they won. We made few 30s in the second game, but we have to make sure that someone from us goes on to score 70-80 to put up a strong batting performance.”

The coach also urged top-order batsmen Liton and Soumya to improve their decision making, so that they would not lose their wickets after becoming set at the crease.

“They [Liton and Soumya] are trying to score big, that is not in doubt. Maybe due to some bad decisions at crucial stages of the innings, they are getting out. They need to work on this and take proper decisions to convert starts into big scores,” Domingo said.

He also praised his players for quickly focusing on their cricket, after Bangladesh cricket appeared to be in turmoil ahead of the India tour.

 “The players should get a lot of credit. There were a tough couple of weeks [ahead of the India tour], but with the way they have trained in the last 10 days, the energy they have shown in practice, the desire, and the willingness to try different things, they have done a fantastic job,” the South African coach said. 

“They are playing against a quality side away from home. If someone said to us two weeks ago that we would be 1-1 coming to Nagpur and aiming to win the T20I series, then no one would have believed it.  All the credit goes to the players. We know we have a great opportunity [Sunday] and the players are really excited about it,” he added.

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