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Batters’ aggressive stance needed to save the series

Published : 04 Jul 2022 08:53 PM

It looks there is another disgrace status is knocking at the door for the Tigers against the West Indies when they suffered a 35 runs defeat in the second match and one match left of the three-match T20 series following the first one was abandoned due to rain.

The third match scheduled to be held on July 7 which will also be the series deciding match but both the batting and the bowling potential, the Tigers displayed in the rain affected 13 overs first match doesn’t tipped off anything positive for the last match.

Now, only batters’ aggressive strategy with the bowlers’ appropriate accompany can save the Tigers from the series defeat.  

Bangladesh, who suffered woeful 2-0 defeat in the two-match Test series, are also just on the edge of facing T20 series defeat.

Though it was highly expected that the Tigers would bounce back in the limited overs matches after their Test series humiliation but the scenario was almost similar when they could not make any contest with the both bowling or batting.

In fact, in the rain affected first match Bangladesh could not do anything optimistic, that would be an inspiration for the next matches when they could mange 108 runs for eight wickets in 13 over.

Taking in reflection of West Indies batters’ hostile attitudes, Tigers might be lucky enough that the rain forced to postpone the match, otherwise if they would suffer defeat in the first match and on Sunday, the second match result would be the Caribbean’s (T20) series winning match.

Shakib Al Hassan was only the batters could score a fifty, though it was 52 balls’ 68 runs innings, looked a bit quick fire but doesn’t go at all with the characters of a T20 match, Afif Hossain was the second highest run getter with 34 from 27 balls, which never be a T20 batting style at least at that stage, when the team needed a fierce attitude.   

It is not necessary to describe rest of the batters’ performances who failed to do anything and their approaches were really terrible.   

But there were also some upbeat aspects for the Tigers when they made the early breakthrough to unfurl a smell of having something encouraging with taking two wickets for 26 runs. But rest of the time Bangladesh bowlers spent frustrating time.

At one stage West Indies were under pressure and their run rate were almost seven, but the bowlers could not keep up the momentums, even the advantage of the early strikes they failed to carry on.

After West Indies had been 26 for 2 in the fourth over, Brandon King and Nichlas Pooran took the charge to rescue the team, captain Pooran was slow with 34 off 34, Brandon was as hurry as possible to score 57 from 43 deliveries but they added 74 in 56 balls. Then Rovman Powel joined with King after the departure of Pooran, the pair increased the tempo with firing 63 off 28 balls when 42 runs came off the 15th and 16th over.

But none of the batters of Bangladesh could emerge to rescue the team from disasters when they (batters) followed the bowlers very keenly. Tigers’ batters not looked much responsible to salvage the team when their approaches were like a rookie side.

Now, to escape from the embracement of series defeat, both the bowlers and the batters, specially, the batters’ would have to turn up with a greater extent of batting proficiency in the last and the final match.