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Mahmudullah looks to execute plans in the middle

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  • 3 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Mahmudullah looks to execute plans in the middle
Bangladesh all-rounder Soumya Sarkar (left) and batsman Naim Sheikh are seen during a training session at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in the capital on Monday. – BCB PHOTO

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Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah was confident that they can push the second-string Australia side to the limit if they can execute their plans in the middle.

 The Tigers will take on the Aussies in the first of the five-match T20 series at the Sher-e Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka today which will also be their first-ever bilateral series against the visitors in T20 format.

“I feel that T20 is such a format that if you can play well on a particular day you can beat any team no matter how the higher-ranked team you are facing,” Mahmudullah told reporters during a pre-series media interaction on Monday.

Mahmudullah, however, wasn’t sure whether it’s the best chance for the Tigers to beat Australia in the T20 format as they will be without several key players during the series.

Australia are missing several leading cricketers in the series in the likes of Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson and limited-over skipper Aaron Finch.

Bangladesh are also having a similar problem as they won’t get the services of Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das in the series.

“It’s a big chance for our team and the cricketers to show our standard that we are a good team at home. It’s difficult to say whether it’s the best chance or not (to beat Australia) because they are a good T20 team and we have to beat them by playing our best cricket.

“The most important thing is how much we can execute our skill in the middle because a lot of things depend on that. I feel it will be a good series. We played well in Zimbabwe and we have the confidence. Now we are waiting to see if we can play our best cricket or not,” he added.

Mahmudullah also informed that he’s ready to promote him up in the order against Australia.

In the recent past Mahmudullah, who usually plays the finisher’s role, had promoted him up in the order due to the absence of senior cricketers like Mushfiqur and Tamim in the series against Zimbabwe.

“I usually come to bat at number five or six. But in the last series, I batted higher up the order. It’s possible that I will have to bat further up the order in this series as well.

“We have skilful batsmen in the side. Just we have to make smart choices in particular conditions and also the bowling options. We discussed these in the team meetings and if we can execute at the right time, we can expect a positive result,” he added.

Meanwhile, The Daily Sun learnt that both the teams agree there will be no food served for the players inside the dressing room as it carries the risk of coronavirus.

“The players will bring some light snacks from the team hotel as we have agreed that there will be no catering service provider as part of corona precaution,” a BCB official informed.