• Friday, November 21, 2014

Bangladesh eager for turnaround

Sports Reporter

Bangladesh are eager to put up a good show in the three-match hockey series when they take on India in the second match at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan ground today.

The home side surrendered a lead to suffer a 1-2 defeat to the visiting second-string Indian team on Wednesday and they are focused on doing better in the second match.

"The boys are fully concentrated on tomorrow's (Friday's) match and eager to put up a good show. We made a few mistakes technically and tactically in the first match and will be trying to cover up those mistakes to catch up with the opponents," said Bangladesh's Pakistani coach Naveed Alam yesterday.

Catching up to India will surely not be an easy task for Naveed's charges as they could hardly impress and penetrate the opposition backline, save for some sporadic attacks. Instead, the Bangladesh backline often collapsed in the face of fast attacks and failed to keep the ball in the midfield to build up the game.

Bangladesh need to improve in these two areas to do better against India, who vowed to come hard in the second game to seal the series with a match in hand.

While both teams stand in opposition with a fierce desire to win today's match, on their rest day (Thursday) the two lineups travelled together in the city, visiting the New Market, Bashundhara Shopping mall before having dinner at Gulshan.

The day however did not go perfectly as it started with them being refused entry to the National Mausoleum in Savar, where VIP guests were being entertained and therefore it was not open to public

Anvir also informed that a good relationship had been formed between the opposing players and officials during the series and that they have enjoyed sharing their experiences regarding hockey.

Published: 12:00 am Friday, August 08, 2014

Last modified: 10:30 pm Thursday, August 07, 2014

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