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Openers struggle, fail to step up

  • Published at 06:10 pm August 10th, 2021
Bangladesh's Soumya Sarkar had forgetful time with the bat against Australia in the just concluded five-T20I series in Mirpur. Here, he is cleaned up by a Mitchell Starc yorker in the second T20I Wednesday AFP

Both the Tigers openers struggled in the five-match T20I series against Australia, particularly Soumya, and Naim with his strike rate

Regular openers in shorter formats, Tamim Iqbal and Lion Das, missed the series due to injury and personal reasons.

So the onus was on Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Naim to take charge against a strong Aussie bowling attack.

Although Australia were missing key figures in their batting line-up, they had a strong bowling attack including Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Andrew Tye and Adam Zampa, among others.

But both the Tigers openers struggled in the series, particularly Soumya.

Soumya, who has been dropped from the ODI squad due to poor form, is now only in T20I set-up for the Tigers, and he had a good series against Zimbabwe as he was adjudged man of the series with two fifty-plus innings in three games.

Mohammad Naim totaled 91 runs in the series, but took up 103 deliveries with a strike rate of 88.34 Reuters

But the left-hander had a forgetful time this series as he scored 2, 0, 2, 8 in the first four games and eventually got demoted to No 4 in the fifth game where he scored 16.

Naim scored a few runs in the series but his strike rate was poor all through as he scored 91 runs facing 103 deliveries with a strike rate 88.34.

Although the pitches were difficult to bat on, Bangladesh certainly wanted more from their openers as SBNCS wickets are known to them.

Naim only scored five fours and three sixes in the series where he played 103 deliveries, mostly in powerplay, which was definitely below expectations.