The Bangladesh team arrived in Nagpur with the series poised at 1-1 and a chance to right the wrongs of the second T20I, where the visitors failed to deliver with the bat before being blown away by a Rohit Sharma storm.
While their performances in the first T20I, under strenuous circumstances, had garnered respect, they lost their way in the second after a positive start with the bat. Coach Russell Domingo spoke about how Bangladesh could improve their chances in the third T20I if they rectify mistakes from the past game.
Straight away, Domingo mentioned that his side were capable of beating India but must first ask questions of themselves about how the second game went. “We can definitely [beat them]. In the second game we got ourselves into a good situation with the bat and then maybe made a few mistakes.”
He reiterated that with more experience his side could go further along the lines of not repeating errors from the last game.
“It’s a learning experience for our guys and when we get to the World Cup next year, we want to have better decision making in these types of situations. Hopefully we can remedy the mistakes in the next game,” he said.
Bangladesh are a team that depend heavily on someone playing the anchor role. In the last match, four of the batsmen got 30-odd scores but none were able to go on and play a big knock.
“The big problem in the last game was that nobody got 70 or 80 like Rohit did [for India] or like Mushy did in the first game. A big emphasis for us is that if someone gets into the 30s, they have to try and hold the innings together which can set up a big score,” Domingo commented on Bangladesh not being able to capitalise, managing 41 runs in the last five overs.
T20 cricket sees a lot of power-hitting but for Domingo, Bangladesh needed to focus on different areas.
“I don’t think we are ever going to be a West Indies or England type of batting line-up with guys who can get the ball out of the ground. Physically, we are not that type of team... but we are trying to use the pace, running hard between the wickets, getting gaps, picking up twos; six twos in an over is as good as two sixes. We are working on our other strengths.”
“It has been a tough couple of weeks before this tour, but the players deserve a lot of credit. The energy and desire they have shown in the last 10 days has been fantastic. If someone said to us two weeks ago that we would be one-all coming into Nagpur, no one would have believed it. We are pretty happy where are, and it is a great opportunity tomorrow. The guys are really excited. At the end of the day, India are one of the best sides in the world. No one gave Bangladesh a chance, but we think if we play to our potential, we have a chance tomorrow.”