‘Accuracy and variation’ key in Lahore
Bangladesh pace spearhead Taskin Ahmed, in a video message sent by BCB yesterday, highlighted the fact that they were able to adjust well with the soaring temperatures in the last game against Afghanistan in Lahore.
Ahead of today's Super 4 game against Pakistan, he felt accuracy and variations would be key for the Bangladesh bowlers at the Gaddafi Stadium.
Bangladesh team have already lost Najmul Hossain Shanto to injury and the pacers' focus has been on keeping hydrated and recovering.
The pacers already follow the 7-4-2 rule to maintain workload.
"Not only fast bowlers, in these conditions it's difficult for anyone to play cricket. But since it's out of our hands, we are looking after our recovery. The physios and trainers are supporting us greatly and we are also trying to take care of ourselves," Taskin said.
Bangladesh executed their plans really well with the ball in the last game. Afghanistan batters were threatening to cut loose, but Taskin and Shoriful Islam showed great ability to use variations and skills with the older ball to thwart the run-chase.
"Actually Lahore's wicket is very batting-friendly," Taskin opined.
"That day [against Afghanistan], the wicket and conditions were not in our control. We were able to adjust quickly and all our bowlers bowled brilliantly and in the upcoming matches, we would try to do better. It's a good thing that we are experiencing different conditions and being able to adjust to them. Our accuracy and variation were very good and that's why we were able to do well," the pacer added.