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Liton focuses on running between the wickets

Nicholls eyes more improvement

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 7 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Liton focuses on running between the wickets
Bangladesh cricketers pose for a photo after completing a gym session at the team hotel on Monday. – BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh batsman Liton Das on Monday insisted that they must focus on their running between the wickets in the last two matches of the ongoing five-match T20I series against New Zealand.

The hosts failed to put up a big total in any of the first three matches but they were lucky enough to take a 2-1 lead in the series courtesy of their opposition’s facing a similar problem in the middle.

Bangladeshi batters failed to hit boundaries consistently as they could have only hit five, 15 and six boundaries respectively in the opening three matches while they displayed ordinary effort in taking singles and doubles in those matches.

The Tigers played a lot of dot balls during the series so far and Liton believed that they must change their stance in order to do well in the last two matches.

“I think hitting boundaries is different here let alone over boundaries. I think we must focus on taking singles. We should focus more on running between the wickets,” Liton said in a video message, as Bangladesh players only opted to take part in a gym session a day after losing to New Zealand in the third T20I.

Liton felt that he could have played more sensibly during the 129-run chase in the third game but was hopeful of playing big innings in the next matches.

“We (Liton and Mohammad Naim) started well but if I could have played more sensitive cricket and taken more responsibility then it would have been easier for us. If I get a chance again, I will try to play a big innings,” he added.

Meanwhile, New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls, who played an unbeaten 36-run knock and was involved in a crucial unbroken 66-run stand with Tom Blundell in their 52-run win game, promised to showcase more improvement in the coming matches.

“It is nice to win and keep the series alive. As a group, we are improving every game,” he said.

“The conditions have varied in each game, which is another challenge in itself. It is great to see guys learning on the job effectively.

“We turned the tables a little bit on Bangladesh. Put them under pressure. It can be tough for them as well,” he added.

Nicholls claimed that the inclusion of Finn Allen has increased the confidence of the team and he believed that the top-order batsman certainly can be the X-factor in the series.

Allen, who couldn’t play the first two matches due to his Covid issue, returned to the squad in the third game and played an innings of 15 off 10 balls with three boundaries.

“The way Finn played, it gives the guys confidence. He was trying to set a tone,” said Nicholls.

“He doesn’t lack a lot of confidence, which certainly helps…He has that certain X-factor, which is that he can go from ball one. He got us off to a flyer, which in these conditions is massively important,” he added.