Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka: Will Bangladesh be able to move past the World Cup failure?
Bangladesh has started their Sri Lanka tour brightly by winning the solitary practise match against Sri Lanka Board President’s XI at the P Sara Oval, Colombo.
It will certainly settle a few nerves down in Bangladeshi camp before the real clash begins. Bangladesh, on their first mission after the world cup, is without their customary captain Mashrafee Mortaza. Mortaza was in the original squad but got ruled out because of injury.
Shakib Al Hasan, the vice-captain of the team is on a family holiday means Bangladesh will have to play under a new captain Tamim Iqbal. Tamim, in his own words, had a ‘not too bad’ World Cup at an average of twenty-nine and a strike rate of 73 with one fifty to show for.
Having been cleaned up ‘only’ five times in eight innings and bounced out twice in the World Cup Tamim later on stated his dismissals were due to bad luck and not because of any technical deficiency.
Being the best opener of the country, Tamim Iqbal has been bearing the burden of giving Bangladesh a good start for over a decade and now with the added weight of captaincy; it is to see how he handles both responsibilities.
Bangladesh struggled the most in their bowling and fielding department in the World Cup. At P Sara Rubel Hossain and Taskin Ahmed struck early to reduce Sri Lanka to 32 for 3. Bangladesh then dearly missed Shakib Al Hasan in the middle overs. Taijul Islam, the left-arm spinner who is replacing Shakib in the bowling department, could not justify his inclusion in the ODI side after two and half years as he went for seven runs per over in his six overs and remained wicketless. Taskin Ahmed making a come-back into the team also went for 57 runs in his eight overs. Apart from that on a batting pitch, Bangladesh’s bowling performance was somewhat gratifying. Soumya Sarkar once again showed his worth with the ball.
Chasing 283 Bangladesh lost both the openers early in the innings but Mohammed Mithun, and Mushfiqur Rahim Scored 91 and 50 respectively to guide Bangladesh home. Mithun was sent to number three in the batting order to take Shakib’s place and was the brightest star from Bangladesh camp in this match.
Mithun has a knack of throwing his wicket away right after reaching fifty. In his 21 ODI innings, Mithun has reached the milestone four times with the highest score of 63. He has shown signs of getting past it, and hopefully, Bangladesh will try to find ways to move past the failure of the World Cup in this series. Correcting the mistakes they have made in England will be a great start.
-Saadat Ullah Kawser