Talha Kamal
Bangladesh confronts Zimbabwe today in the second of two-match Test series at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. The match is scheduled to begin at 9:30 am.
After losing the first Test match by 151 runs to Zimbabwe, Tigers will look to change their fortunes and bounce back in this match to level the series.
In the first Test, Bangladesh were second best in every department. From starting lineup to approach in the field, everything was blunder. Tigers need to rectify those mistakes and come back with a strong and dominant performance.
Playing the same players in every format is not going to work. For Test match, some experienced and veteran players are needed. Players in the current team should also play more responsibly and patiently. During the first Test match, Bangladesh batsmen gave their wickets away cheaply in both the innings.
Team lineup should include at least two pace bowlers. In the last match, Bangladesh played with only one pace bowler, which is rare in Test matches. Therefore, Tigers’ should move from that conservative approach and play more pacers.
Mustafiz and Rubel should start in today’s match. Mustafiz is more likely to make his entry into the decisive test, in place of Abu Jayed who could inflict only a solitary dismissal to his name.
Batting in Test matches is something Bangladesh need to improve vastly. In the last few Test matches, Tigers’ batting has been dismal. They haven’t crossed the score of 200 in the last eight innings, which sums up their batting debacle. The 21-year-old batsman Ariful Haque was Bangladesh’s lone fighter in first match, with score of 41 and 38 in both innings respectively. He will be looking to emulate and improve the same feat.
“There is no pressure on us. Our main bowler Mustafiz did not play in the last match. He can have a big impact if he returns. We are positive, it’s a do or die match, we have to win it anyhow “, said Ariful to the reporters at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Friday.
The fact that humiliating Test loss came at home, and against a team placed below them in the ICC rankings, hurt Bangladesh’s pride even more. The Tigers’ are wounded, but it is said that a wounded Tiger is even more dangerous. Therefore, every Bangladeshi supporter will expect to see Tigers’ roar in second Test match.