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First T20 against Pakistan: Tigers want to bounce back

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 18th November, 2021 10:24:41 PM
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First T20 against Pakistan: Tigers want to bounce back
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Bangladesh are keen to bounce back from the T20 World Cup miseries during their first game of the three-match T20I series against Pakistan at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Friday (Nov 19).

The match will be aired live on Gazi TV and TSports from 2:00pm when cricket fans will pour into the stadium for the first time after the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

Bangladesh, who announced a new-look side for their T20I series against Pakistan, made as many as six changes in their World Cup squad. Skipper Mahmudullah is the only senior player to retain his place.

Three stalwarts - Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim - aren’t available for the series for different reasons and it means Bangladesh will be playing as underdogs on their home ground after so many years.

The Tigers can find motivation from the past as during the last two times they faced off Pakistan in this format at home, they won both the games - in a one-off T20 match during a bilateral series in 2015 and in Asia Cup in 2016.

Bangladesh won two home T20 series against Australia and New Zealand though the pitch was heavily criticised for being extremely slow and low.

However, there is a high chance of having sporting wickets in the series against Pakistan this time around.

“There will be challenges with a young team, especially against Pakistan. But I believe that T20 is the type of format where you can expect something good from your best line-up on a good wicket,” Mahmudullah told reporters on Thursday ahead of the game.

“I know that we couldn’t fulfil our expectations in the World Cup. For us, starting well is very important,” he added.

Meanwhile, this will be Pakistan’s first bilateral series on Bangladesh’s soil after 2015 and the first visit here after 2016.

Despite losing the last two T20s here, they will be oozing with confidence, largely due to their World Cup show. Overall they held the edge over Bangladesh in this format winning 10 out of 12 matches.

“We want to continue the World Cup momentum. We are trying to play a different combination so that we can try out our bench strength. We have West Indies tour next and probably there are six matches so we want to try out different players. You can’t keep aside the momentum that we got and rest the main players,” Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said.