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23 September, 2019 04:01:16 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 23 September, 2019 09:54:45 AM
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Tigers get back momentum after beating Afghans in Ctg

Shakib’s wake up call to batsmen for final
SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka
Tigers get back momentum after beating Afghans in Ctg
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan poses with the Man of Match award after beating Afghanistan by four wickets in second phase of tri-nation series at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Saturday. BCB Photo

Bangladesh national cricket team back to Dhaka from Chattogram yesterday to play the all important final of tri-nation series against Afghanistan at the home of cricket, SBNCS tomorrow.

Bangladesh, now with all sorts of momentum with them after overcoming the Afghanistan scare and also securing their first ever T20 win over the Afghans ending a four-match losing streak , can now have a big eye lifting the tri-nation trophy at own backyard in front of an expected  full-house spectators.

But, more than the win which is a nice thing to carry the momentum into the final, Tigers’ would be worried about the poor run of form of the openers that proved costly for the side to get going especially during batting in all the four matches Bangladesh have played so far.

Even after rotating the top order, Tigers’ openers could have only managed to score 49, the highest partnership for first wicket that came in the 4th match of tri-series against Zimbabwe while in the other three matches the highest one was 26 against the same opponents.

Liton Das, Soumya Sraker who had been dropped from the squad and replaced by Nazmul Hossain Shanto, consistently failed to create impact up the order that led other batters to struggle in the middle.

Among the senior players, only Mahmudullah Riyad scored 62 and 44 in two matches may raise some hope and stability in the middle order but Mushfiqur Rahim, who crossed 20-figure mark only twice in the tournament, remains a major concern for the Tigers.

Shakib Al Hasan, who smashed an unbeaten 70 against Afghanistan in the last match, also reiterated that, ‘‘if you look at the last few months, we haven't been up to the mark in T20s and throughout this tournament bowlers have done a fantastic job and fielders have backed them well. It's the batsmen who've let us down. Whoever scores runs has to make sure they stay there until the end for the team,’’ he said in the post match presentation.

But at the same time the skipper also added, Afghanistan are a very good side, that's why they're ranked No.7. But this win (vs Afghanistan) will give the side motivation, and a lot of confidence going into the final.

Bangladesh at the moment riding on the momentum of back to back victories can fancy their chances too clinching the title over their Afghan counterparts as the talismanic Afghan skipper Rashid Khan remains doubtful for the final after he suffered hamstring injury during the last group match against Bangladesh.

Rashid, who shortly returned to the field and bowled three overs and said that he was 50-60 per cent fine.

As still a day left for the final and team Afghanistan set to train the SBNCS today from 2pm-5pm, Rashid Khan’s injury would be monitored within this period of time.

"I cannot say that he will be available [for the final]," Afghanistan team manager Nazim Jar Abdur Rahim Zai told reporters. "He is doing well and let's see what's happening. We will have two or three days for his recovery, he said of Rashid.

The Tigers’ reached Dhaka yesterday and is scheduled to train at the SBNCS today from 10am-1pm to hone their skills and strategies for the vital clash.

EA/BK

 

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