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Bangladesh eye to avoid mistakes in Florida

Published on: 5:29 pm - Saturday | August 4, 2018

Bangladesh will look for a change of luck against West Indies in their crucial second T20I of the three-match series scheduled to be held on Sunday (Aug 5) at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill in Florida.
The two-time world champions – Windies – bounced back from their One-day series loss by handing the visitors a thumping in the first T20I in a rain marred game to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The tour has shifted base to Lauderhill, Florida and Bangladesh will also look for a change of luck.

Bangladesh got off to a reckless start in the first game by losing two wickets in the first over and then never recovered from that. At the end of the game, Shakib Al Hasan lamented the fact that they don’t have their own version of Andre Russell, Cricbuzz reports.

Windies, on the other hand, despite being without Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine managed to swat aside challenges thrown at them in the first game. Kesrick Williams’s regular strikes, Ashley Nurse’s early blows and Keemo Paul’s death bowling made up for a well rounded bowling effort for the hosts. An encore of it will taste sweeter.

The batting also saw a promotion and vindication from Russell after the game was curtailed to a nine-over dash. ‘Dre Russ’ powered through it leaving Bangladesh well behind.

What Bangladesh can do differently? Tamim Iqbal had a rush of blood and danced down the track off the first ball to be out stumped. He can afford to take a few balls even in this format where the adrenalin rush is something that you take it in your stride and move on. The ODI template of taking up balls and then going berserk can be modified and worked upon by Tamim to provide Bangladesh the impetus they need in the middle and death overs.

The trio of Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah will also have to ensure that one of them sees of the innings through else Bangladesh will be limping towards an underwhelming total like they did last time.

Windies, when counter-attacked, gave away plenty of runs to the partnership of Rahim and Mahmudullah.

Bangladesh had to chance to get away but, luckily for them, did not. The hosts also hope not to repeat the top-order failure they had in the series opener with both openers falling to Mustfizur Rahman in his first over.

When: August 4, at 12:00am GMT | 5:30am IST

Where: Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida

Weather: It is expected to be partly overcast but a rain break should most likely be ruled out. Flat wickets and small boundaries are pretty much the norm for this format, and Florida is no exception. Expect a run riot!

Team News

Windies: Samuel Badree was the most expensive bowler in the first game and lacked control for a change, but would likely retain his spot. However, if he gets the axe then the ever impressive Sheldon Cottrell might come in to add to the pace bowling attack.

Bangladesh: Soumya Sarkar after the Asia cup heartbreak has had a tough time. He was left out of the ODI and Test team and only flew down for the T20Is. And that also ended quickly as he got castled for a golden duck. A quick reversal of fortune can be expected else Sabbir Rahman might come in.

What they said

Shakib al Hasan: At one stage we were 100 in 11 overs but by that stage we also lost five wickets. It’s tough to make a comeback from that position unless you have someone like Andre Russell or someone like him who can change the game single-handedly.


Windies: Chadwick Walton(w), Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher, Marlon Samuels, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite(c), Kesrick Williams, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Samuel Badree, Keemo Paul

Bangladesh: Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Shakib Al Hasan(c), Mahmudullah, Ariful Haque, Mehidy Hasan, Abu Hider Rony, Nazmul Islam, Abu Jayed, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain