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Domingo backs batsmen ahead of crucial Oman game

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 19 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Domingo backs batsmen ahead of crucial Oman game
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo (right) speaks to Mushfiqur Rahim during a practice session at Al Amerat Cricket Stadium in Muscat, Oman on Monday. – BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo believed that they would face another tough challenge against Oman during their second ICC T20 World Cup qualifying match and he hoped that his charges wouldn’t repeat the first match mistake in the contest.

The Tigers will take on the hosts in a do-or-die encounter at Al Amerat Cricket Ground in Muskat, Oman today and a defeat in the match will confirm Bangladesh’s exit from the tournament.

Bangladesh earlier lost the opening game against Scotland by six runs on Sunday and they now need victories in both their remaining Group B matches to keep their hopes alive to progress to the Super 12s of the tournament.

“We have our work cut out tomorrow. Oman are playing well. They want to get into the next round. It will be tough for us, but the boys know that if we play our best cricket, we will have a good chance,” Domingo said in a press conference on Monday.

“As a coach, you never take any win for granted. It is the nature of coaching. As a coach, you have to focus on the next game, and not let the mistakes from yesterday be repeated tomorrow…We have to move forward. What’s done is done,” he added.

Domingo claimed that they didn’t take Scotland for granted in their opening game and defended his batsmen’s approach in the power-play during the match.

Bangladesh, which were set a target of 141 runs, failed to make a good start in the run-chase as they lost both the openers and could make only 25-2 in the power-play.

The Tigers finally could only manage to score 134-7 in their stipulated overs, falling six runs short of the target.

“We didn’t take Scotland lightly. They beat Bangladesh in their last T20I encounter. There was no complacency in yesterday’s game.

“We have to show Oman great respect. They are confident. They are playing at home. They have come off a good win. But we can’t focus on them. We have to focus on our particular performance, skills and goals.

 “I think wickets in hand are important. If you get 35-45 in the first six, it allows you to launch in the backend. We have to address the powerplay a bit better now.

“We will have the same approach and we will continue the same as we did in the first game. We have different plans for every team. We will apply tomorrow,” he added.

Meanwhile, Oman’s all-rounder Khawar Ali said that they are not bothered whether they are playing against an associate or a full member.

Oman made a flying start in their World Cup campaign as they defeated PNG by 10 wickets in the opening match and they are currently leading the group.

“This is just another game and there is nothing to think about who is a full member or who is an associate,” he said.

“We can say they are now under pressure but we will come with our game plan and hopefully results will come to our side. It’s not strength, it is a game where how a team is performing on a particular day is important,’’ he said, adding that Bangladesh looks vulnerable while they are chasing.

“They look weak when they chase. We will focus on that. Our first win will work as extra motivation. As a team we are very confident to beat Bangladesh as we have played well in all three departments,” he added.