Mushfiqur Rahim (behind stumps) and his boys have job in hands as the cricket-crazy nation would want their “tigers” to roar against Chris Gayle and company © AFP
By Kushan Sarkar
Mirpur: Mar 24, 2014
Aware that another defeat would jeopardize their progress in the tournament, defending champions West Indies would aim to bring their campaign back on track as they face an inconsistent Bangladesh in the second group league encounter of the ICC World Twenty20 (T20) 2014 at Dhaka on Tuesday.
While West Indies’ campaign begun on a wrong note losing to India, Bangladesh are also not in a great position having qualified on the basis of better net run-rate having lost to Hong Kong in the qualifying round.
Mushfiqur Rahim and his boys have job in hands as the cricket-crazy nation would want their “tigers” to roar against Chris Gayle and company.
Inconsistency has been Bangladesh’s primary problem in all these years. They are brilliant in one game and pretty ordinary in some others.
Skipper Rahim is however confident that his boys will come up trumps against a formidable Caribbean batting line-up.
“We have beaten them twice in T20 Internationals and there is no reason it won’t happen again. Yes, we were all shocked after losing to Hong Kong. But this is a new phase and we have nothing to lose from here on. The other teams will be wary about us and we have no pressure on us,” Rahim said at the pre-match event.
He was asked about Mashrafe Mortaza‘s fitness, Rahim tried to sound confident.
“Knowing Mashrafe, even if he is 10 percent fit, he will make an effort to play tomorrow. [Tuesday]“
Bangladesh’s success will depend a lot on how left-arm spinners Shakib Al Hasan, Abdur Razzaq along with off-break bowler Mahmudullah performs on slowish track.
The performance of Indian spinners must have given them a lot of confidence.
Shakib in fact has a lot of knowledge about West Indian players, having played in Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Similarly Gayle’s inputs about Bangladeshi players will be invaluable as he has played two seasons in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) for Barishal Burners and Dhaka Gladiators.
Bangladesh’s poor batting is another cause of concern as they managed only 108 against Hong Kong.
“We have spoken about our shot selection during our team meeting. Hope we don’t repeat our mistakes,” Rahim said.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy agreed that his batsmen didn’t respond well to Indian spinners and would try to do well against Bangladesh.
“We didn’t respond well enough to Indian spinners. Round 1 to them. But I have a feeling that we will meet India again at the later stages of the tournament,” Sammy had said after team’s defeat.
“[Bhuvaneshwar] Kumar swung the ball and kept the batsman quiet. They used conditions well.”
About Bangladesh match, Sammy said,”We know how difficult a side Bangladesh can be playing at home. We have to produce our ‘A’ game in order to beat them. They will certainly play a lot of spinners but we need to bat better,” Sammy said.