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Spin ghost continues to haunt Tigers

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  • 31 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Spin ghost continues to haunt Tigers

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Bangladesh had high expectations from their batsmen to perform well in the ongoing Asia Cup by leaving behind their never-ending failures in the shortest format.

As they were drawn with Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, which are known to have quality spinners in their squads, in the opening round of the tournament, they included three additional net bowlers – leggie Rishad Hossain and two Indian spinners – in order to have a decent preparation before their tournament campaign got underway.

However, the decision of including the spinners failed to bear fruit in their opening Group B match against Afghanistan in Sharjah on Tuesday as they were crumbled by the opposition spinners and forced to be content with a total of 127-7 after deciding to bat first.

Middle-order batsman Mosaddek Hossain (48 off 31 balls not out) was the only Bangladeshi batsman, who had a decent contribution to their innings. Otherwise, Bangladesh could have been dismissed for their lowest

total against Afghanistan in the T20 format (the lowest total against Afghanistan is 115-9).

The fear of being dismissed for the lowest total started when they were reduced to 53-5 in 10.3 overs with all five batters losing their wickets to Afghan spinners – Mujeeb Ur Rahman (3-16) and Rashid Khan (3-22).

The collapse started when Mohammad Naim, who was playing his first T20I match since March, was bowled by off-spinner Mujeeb in the second over of the innings after making only six runs.

Another opener Anamul Haque Bijoy, who could make only 85 runs in six innings since he returned to the T20 side in July, had struggled throughout his innings before he became Mujeeb’s second victim after scoring just five runs off 14 balls.

Skipper Shakib Al Hasan also failed to shine with the bat on his 100th T20I appearance as he was also bowled by Mujeeb, who earlier produced a similar bowling performance against Sri Lanka in their tournament opener.

Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid, who went wicketless against Sri Lanka, then joined Mujeeb and removed Mushfiqur Rahim (one) and Afif Hossain (12) in quick succession before he dismissed Mahmudullah (25) after the batter had a 36-run stand with Mosaddek.

 Mosaddek then shared a 38-run stand with Mahedi Hasan (14) that helped Bangladesh score go past the 120-run, a total always considered to be easily gettable in the T20 format.