Ahead of their must-win game against Bangladesh at The Oval on Monday (June 5), Australia skipper Steven Smith has earmarked Tigers opener Tamim Iqbal as the most threatening player to them. [ নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ স্মিথের ভয় তামিমে]
Smith believes the swashbuckling opener from Chittagong could pose a serious challenge to the Aussies given the form he has been of late. Tamim has slammed a century against England in the first match, while he also had a ton against Pakistan in the warm-up match.
“I think they have got a few dangerous batters. Obviously we saw Tamim play really good innings. Mushfiqur, the keeper, he’s a good, young player. They have got some good players in their group. Mashrafe is obviously a class bowler,” said Smith.
“So, yeah, look, they have got some dangerous players in their team, and yeah, we’re going to have to play well tomorrow if we want to beat them,” he added.
The Tigers succumbed to a 8-wicket defeat in their first match at the hands of England, but their batting was still impressive while Australia showed a lackluster batting performance against New Zealand. Only rain saved them from the ultimate blushes after they were reduced to 53 for three. To compound the agony, it is likely that The Oval pitch might assist the spinners as it has been used already. If so, this can be an added problem for the Smith and company.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com