Former Bangladesh captain and ICC Champions Trophy ambassador Habibul Bashar has said that the Bangladesh bowlers have to deliver their best to beat Australia in the fifth game of the tournament which will take place at The Oval.
“One thing Bangladesh should look at positively from Friday’s match is that the Australian bowlers didn’t look unplayable. While they might be quick and fierce, they can also be taken for runs in different ways, like Luke Ronchi and Kane Williamson showed.
“That’s something Bangladesh can derive confidence from. In the last game against England, Bangladesh didn’t bowl particularly well, but it is batting with confidence and purpose at the moment. If the bowlers can pull up their socks and deliver on the big stage, I honestly believe it has a fair chance against Australia,” he wrote in his ICC column.
Bashar wants the Bangladeshi bowlers to be aggressive if they want to put pressure on the opposition batsmen.
“The important thing for Bangladesh is to be positive. At The Oval against England, Bangladesh was a bit defensive with both its bowling and its fielding. On good batting tracks, it is difficult to contain quality batsmen, therefore the intent must be to go for wickets even if you are a little expensive,” he explained, “The lines and lengths of the Bangladeshi bowlers were pretty good against England, but line and length can only take you that far. You need to bowl wicket-taking deliveries, you need to keep thinking – “wicket, wicket, wicket.””
He thinks that Bangladesh must play their best to be successful in this tournament.
“In the last game, Australia showed a little bit of vulnerability at the top of the order. It has good batsmen, but no one is invincible, no one is indestructible. With its presence in the tournament on the line, Bangladesh must keep that in mind and play its best cricket yet, otherwise its last game will be only be of academic interest,” he added.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com