Bangladesh have been attempting to nail a T20 World Cup for a very long time. Way back to 2012, they determined that taking part in loads of T20Is simply earlier than the match will give them a superb probability. However like a scholar who tries to cram the night time earlier than the examination, issues by no means actually got here collectively.
This time too Bangladesh come into the match with cracks, regardless of just lately seeing off Australia
and New Zealand
at house. On tailored house pitches that helped the spinners, the visiting batters had little or no clue what was occurring – however so did the house batters, and evidently has damage Bangladesh. Their shock loss to Scotland
within the first spherical confirmed indicators of their batters’ insecurity. The highest order was gone shortly, earlier than Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan stalled for a number of overs, attempting to rebuild. That did not work out after which captain Mahmudullah, the workforce’s finest T20 batter, could not time his large hits.
Their subsequent wins over Oman and PNG ensured a spot within the Tremendous 12s, however Bangladesh should play rather a lot higher and with extra consistency on this spherical if they’re to succeed in the match objective they’ve set for themselves: attain the semi-finals.
Bangladesh got here into the match with three consecutive collection wins over Zimbabwe
, Australia and New Zealand. However they misplaced two out of three warm-up video games earlier this month, earlier than crashing towards Scotland within the first spherical. They recovered towards Oman and PNG.
Mushfiqur, Mahmudullah and Shakib stay accountable for Bangladesh’s batting, regardless of the emergence of a number of gifted batters in recent times. If these three hearth collectively, anticipate an enormous rating. If they’ve a mixed unhealthy day, the entire workforce appears to decelerate.
, Liton Das
and Afif Hossain
have proven indicators of standing on their very own, however are not fairly there but. In Liton’s case, he has been round for six years, however consistency hasn’t been his companion.
Spin normally dominates Bangladesh’s bowling plans, significantly with Shakib because the chief of the assault. The left-arm spinner’s different tempo and flight and refined flip translate into essentially the most bankable 4 overs. Offspinner Mahedi Hasan
has began properly within the match, and so they even have Nasum Ahmed
, Participant-of-the-Collection towards New Zealand final month, ready within the wings.
is their finest quick bowler, a correct T20 star who has excelled on the IPL. He has been round a protracted whereas, but he nonetheless bamboozles the perfect of batters. Taskin Ahmed
and Mohammad Saifuddin
complement him with tempo and variations, whereas the left-arm fast Shoriful Islam
is ready for his first alternative.
Participant to look at
There are only a few cricketers on this planet at the moment who can convey as a lot to his aspect as Shakib Al Hasan
does to Bangladesh. He’s the workforce’s finest participant for certain, however he’s additionally pushing for larger honours. He had an amazing 2019 Phrase Cup – he was one in all three batters to tally over 600 runs
, to go along with 11 wickets – however after that, he had the low of the ICC suspension
to cope with.
Since his return, he has labored his manner again to his finest, just lately breaking the record for most T20I wickets
. Within the UAE, Shakib will bat at No. 3, and be anticipated to bowl in several conditions along with his new shorter run-up. He bowled fantastically on the IPL and has introduced his type with the ball over to the T20 World Cup. His batting shall be all of the extra vital to Bangladesh within the absence of Tamim Iqbal
Regardless of their nice current type at house and their restoration within the first spherical in Muscat, query marks nonetheless dangle over Bangladesh. Each Australia and New Zealand had fielded sides that had been lacking first-choice gamers, and the matches had been performed on Dhaka’s notorious raging turners. All of the batters struggled and, as already talked about, that type of preparation within the lead-up to the worldwide match has proven in Bangladesh’s batting to date. Can their batters break away and attain potential to assist them make a mark within the Tremendous 12s?
1 Mohammad Naim, 2 Liton Das, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 Mahmudullah (capt), 6 Afif Hossain, 7 Nurul Hasan (wk), 8 Mahedi Hasan, 9 Mohammad Saifuddin, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84