New Zealand faced the music on a rank turner in Mirpur as they struggled on 55 for five at stumps, in reply to Bangladesh’s first innings total of 172 on Day 1 of the second Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
Taijul Islam broke through the castle of Kane Williamson close to the end of the second day as New Zealand were 266 for eight before bad light put an end to the day's play in Sylhet.
According to Miraz, the Tigers have never gone through such a calamitous period in his seven-year international career.
While top teams, especially the ones who have been successful in this World Cup so far, seem to have proper clarity over their game plan, Bangladesh have looked drab and confused in formulating strategies in the mega event in India.
Teams tinkering with tactics or playing eleven while building up to a tournament of ICC World Cup's magnitude is quite common. Experiments, by definition, can go either way, but it is rarely seen that a successful move can even end up backfiring.
In the Tiger’s opening match at the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, the Bangladesh fans saw another all-rounder come to bat at one-down, hit a half-century to steady the innings following a rocky start and snap up three wickets with the ball. This ‘2019 Shakibesque’ performance came from Mehedi Hasan Miraz.
“In this team Miraz is the biggest asset,” Mashrafe further wrote, adding that Bangladesh’s World Cup dream will depend on the pace unit.
The last time Bangladesh played in Dharamshala was back in 2016 during the ICC T20 World Cup. In that match against Oman, Tamim Iqbal made history by becoming the first Bangladeshi to score a century in the format. Even though Tamim is not a part of this World Cup campaign but, thanks to the fans, his presence was felt at the picturesque Dharamshala stadium during Bangladesh’s match yesterday. A number of Bangladesh supporters in the gallery were seen holding up a placard written, ‘We will never forget you’ with Tamim’s picture, reminiscing the contributions of the former Bangladesh captain.