Mushfiqur Rahim has batted ensibly so far © AFP (File Photo)
Mushfiqur Rahim has batted ensibly so far © AFP (File Photo)

 

Feb 26, 2014

 

Anamul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim have completely turned the tables in the ongoing Asia Cup 2014 encounter against India by taking the attack to the Indian bowlers after losing two quick wickets early on in their innings. They stand handsomely at 137 for the loss of two wickets at the end of 30 overs.

 

Both the batsmen have looked comfortable against all the Indian bowlers, and if these two stay in the middle for another 7-8 overs, Bangladesh can be looking at a total in the region of 280-300 at least. Anamul reached his first fifty in One-Day International (ODI) cricket in just 67 balls, by hitting Ravichandran Ashwin for a boundary. The opener has been the aggressor of the innings so far, hitting three huge sixes (two off Aaron and one off Ashwin).

 

Only Ravindra Jadeja has been on the economical side of things, conceding just ___ runs off his five overs so far. Ashwin proved expensive after a good start, conceding 32 for one wicket off his seven overs. The surprise addition to the five frontline bowlers was the introduction of Ambati Rayudu into the attack by Virat Kohli.

 

With the options of Rohit Sharma and himself in the bank, it was curious of Kohli to opt for Rayudu who has been easy pickings for both the batsmen so far. With India’s death bowling woes now an infamous reality, Kohli will have to find out a way to pick a couple of wickets, or else India could again be chasing a 300 plus total. When did that happen last?

 

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