Reasons why Tigers struggling at the death
In modern cricket, whether in T20 or ODI, scoring runs at the death plays a major role in scoring big totals or chasing big totals. Scoring minimum of 80 runs or more than 100 runs in the last ten overs has been a common scene now a days. [ইংল্যান্ডের বিপক্ষে ২য় ওয়ানডেতে টাইগারদের সেরা একাদশ]
Most recently, Bangladesh lost the first ODI against England by 21 runs due to horrible collapse at the death. Last six wickets have fallen for just 17 runs. Bangladesh couldn’t do good performance at the death against Afghanistan as well. This is an area where Bangladesh really needs to improve immediately.
69/7 in 1st ODI vs Afghanistan: Bangladesh were 196/3 after 40 overs in the first ODI against Afghanistan. Probably 300 was in the cards. But Bangladesh lost their way and got bowled out for 265 in 50 overs.
54/3 in 2nd ODI vs Afghanistan: Bangladesh were already on the back foot in the 2nd ODI against Afghanistan losing 7 wickets for 154 runs. Tigers managed to score 54 for 3 wickets in 9.2 overs in powerplay 3. Mosaddek’s 45* helped to put those runs. Tigers posted 208 on board.
64/5 in 3rd ODI vs Afghanistan: After being 215/3 in 40 overs, a big total should have been scored by Bangladesh in the third ODI against Afghanistan. But the same problem repeats once again. Tigers only managed to add 64 for 5 wickets. Mahmudullah Riyad’s quickfire 32 helped Tigers to score 279/8.
32/6 in 1st ODI vs England: While chasing 310 against England in the first ODI, Bangladesh were in a good position of winning as they were 256/4 in 40 overs with having Imrul Kayes and Shakib Al Hasan at the crease. But as Shakib departed, everything had changed for Tigers. Last 6 wickets fell for 19 runs. From being 271/4, they had to be bundled out for 288.
To score more runs at the death, every team needs a MS Dhoni, Glenn Maxwell or Jos Buttler as a finisher. Supports are required from the tail-enders as well, like Carlos Brathwaite, James Faulkner or Chris Woakes.
Nasir Hossain is known as Mister Finisher for Bangladesh team. But he is not getting opportunity in the playing XI. He might return in the second ODI against England on Sunday. Let’s see if there are any changes at the death for Bangladesh.
Probable Bangladesh XI for the second ODI:
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim(keeper), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza(captain), Taskin Ahmed, Shafiul Islam
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcricteam.com