• Friday, August 29, 2014

Tigers seek redemption

Naimul Karim from Chittagong

The second T20I today at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium will be Bangladesh's third-last T20 fixture before the ICC World Twenty20. Apart from this game they play the UAE and Ireland on March 12 and 14 at Fatullah. So while levelling the series will no doubt be the main aim for the hosts, they could ring in the changes in their attempt to identify their best 11 in this format.
That the team management has one eye on the ICC World T20 was evident from the fact that they experimented quite a bit in the first T20, picking three pacers in the side.
The likeliest of changes that could take place in the second T20 is the inclusion of uncapped Sabbir Rahman. Apart from Sabbir, the remaining newcomers in the squad got their chances and the selectors might want to have a look at him ahead of the world cup. In that case Forhad Reza, who bowled two overs in the first game, might get the axe.
Shohag Gazi was taken apart by Kusal Perera in the first game and hasn't really been in form since the Test series. He could possibly make way for Mahmudullah Riyad, whose off-spinners have been effective of late. If the team management does decide to go in with just one keeper then Mithun Ali, who was out for nought in the first T20, could make way for Mominul Haque who was rested in the first T20, or even Al Amin Hossain to stick to the three-pronged pace attack. Rubel Hossain bowled with some good pace in the first T20 and ideally should be playing the second.
The Sri Lankans won't be tempted to make too many changes and will look to take the series with a set team. However, they could bring in slow-left arm all-rounder Angelo Perera instead of Seekkuge Prasanna, who could not make the most of the first T20. Perera made his debut against Bangladesh in 2013.
The hosts had a near-perfect game on the first day, but they will want their top batsmen to carry on with their innings. The likes of Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Shamsur Rahman lost their wickets after getting set. Had one of these batsmen joined Anamul, then the chase could have ended on a different note.
The visitors will have a similar worry and hope that their major batsmen get runs. Had it not been for Kusal Perera's flashy 64, the Sri Lankans would have been in hot water. They will want their senior players to step up.


Sri Lanka have won all the three encounters between these two sides. Bangladesh will hope they can break that trend when the teams meet for the fourth time today.

Published: 12:00 am Friday, February 14, 2014

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