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Tigers look to come out all guns blazing

  • Published at 03:37 pm July 27th, 2019
Bangladesh cricket team during their first ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo Friday BCB

The Tigers suffered a 91-run defeat in the first game of the series Friday

Bangladesh will look to come out all guns blazing in order to keep the series alive as the tourist take on host Sri Lanka in the second of the three-match ODI series at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo Sunday. 

The Tigers suffered a 91-run defeat in the first game of the series at the same venue Friday.

The defeat had come along after failures in all three departments. 

However, it was the batting and fielding which emerged as the chief concern. 

Bangladesh head coach for the series, Khaled Mahmud spoke along similar lines, saying he is not happy with the fielding.

On the day, Bangladesh fielders had given away at least 15 extra runs from sloppy and sluggish fielding, and this was worsened with a catch drop.

‘You can’t change the techniques while fielding. You have to see their attitude in the ground and involvement. If they can relate more, that would be better. Sometimes we become shattered when opponents dominate. We have to come out of that situation and play better. We had lots of missed fielding [Friday]. I believe, the way they fielded, we are definitely a better fielding side. Our backs are against the wall but I believe we can come back from here,’’ said Mahmud to the reporters in Colombo Saturday.

Bangladesh are likely to be unchanged, having looked to have played the best balanced side in the 15-member squad that is travelling the island on the Indian Ocean. 

However, despite having shown less concerns over batting, the side had a disastrous time in the middle with the willow. 

The top-order had failed disastrously.

The middle-order comprising Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman offered some resistance only to give their wickets away at a crucial time of the game. 

Opener and stand-in captain Tamim Iqbal is perhaps the batsmen many eyes are fixated upon. 

The southpaw was expected to shrug off the pale patch in this series but as it happened, he was found out for a duck. 

The Bangladesh batters going into the second and penultimate game should be a bit relieved given that Sri Lanka will not have strike bowler Lasith Malinga. 

The right-arm pace bowling legend went into retirement from ODIs following the first match where he had finished with three Bangladesh wickets.

“I have to admit, we were in trouble when Malinga knocked Tamim and Soumya [Sarkar] out. Still we could have returned in the match, if we had taken more responsibility, and did not lose wickets in the beginning. We were in the match. If you see, we needed 155 runs in 20 overs. If Sabbir and Mushfiq had prolonged their partnership, it could have been a closer one.  But it’s all right, we are learning from our mistakes. Maybe we won’t repeat these mistakes in the next match,’’ former Bangladesh captain Mahmud explained.

For Sri Lanka it is simple, win the game and seal the series with a game to spare. 

Batting wise, Sri Lanka’s top-order did their job.

However, they will need to find the right bowling combination with Malinga bowing out.

Of the 46 matches Sri Lanka have played against the Tigers, the Lankans have won 37 while Bangladesh have been triumphant only seven times with two matches washed out.

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