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Tigers look to level series

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 7th August, 2022 10:43:42 AM
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Tigers look to level series
Bangladesh ODI skipper (centre) talks to head coach Russell Domingo (left) during a training session in Harare on Thursday. – BCB PHOTO

Injury-hit Bangladesh will be eyeing to level the series as they take on Zimbabwe in the second game of their three-match ODIs at Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe today.

The match which starts at 1:15pm (BST) will be aired live on T Sports Channel.

Bangladesh have already lost their in-form batsman Liton Das due to hamstring injury while there is concern over the availability of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shoriful Islam due to their respective injuries.

BCB sent pace bowler Ebadat Hossain and opener Nayeem Sheikh to Zimbabwe to bolster the strength of the squad.

The defeat was particularly shocking for Tigers given the fact that they posted 303-2. Zimbabwe rode on sublime centuries of Sikandar Raza and Innocent Kaia to gun down the target with 10 balls to spare. Raza who ensured the victory with a powerful six over deep midwicket was not out on 135 runs off 109 balls while Kaia who scored his maiden century was dismissed on 110.

Zimbabwe earlier won the three-match T20I series by 2-1, which was not only their first ever bilateral series victory over Bangladesh but also their maiden series victory against a Test nation in this format and the victory against Bangladesh after 2013 further motivated them to win the ODI series.

Bangladesh captain felt that visitors suffered due to their below-par fielding that saw those giving away easy runs as well as dropping four catches. Raza, who struck an unbeaten 135 runs was the main architect behind the win, was dropped on 43 when Taijul Islam dropped an easy catch at short cover when his drive off Taskin Ahmed went straight to the hand.

“Every day we say about catching and one day it would have the reason behind our defeat and today (Friday) was that day because in T20s we dropped lot of catches and won the matches but on this kind of a good wicket when you drop four catches you won’t win a lot of matches,” Bangladesh captain Tamim said.

“Now I feel that we have to think about it (the fielding) before the second game. The fielding made it easy for them as we leaked a lot of easy runs. In this ground there will be two runs and I am not bothered about it but what about the easy ones. There were some that could have been easily dots if we could stop it and in that case we could have put pressure on them. This hurts,” he said.

“I always say that after a loss you can put your finger on many things but even if we had won I would have said the same thing, that we cannot forget where we have gone wrong. It could have been a great example that even after dropping catches and fielding we got away but one day you had to pay for it and today was that day,” he concluded.