Tigers not fazed as Rajkot pitch unlikely to play their strength

RAJKOT Bangladesh played on a surface in Delhi that was

patently more suited to their strength than to those stroke-makers of Indian.

Capitalizing the slow-pitch to full effect, they beat India by seven

wickets but Rajkot is unlikely to produce anything like the slow burner and a

rain-affected T20I could further alter the dynamics.

But Bangladesh are complete unfazed by it. They have just beaten India for

the first time in the format, and they have done it without Shakib Al Hasan,

Tamim Iqbal and for the first time in their history, without even a left-arm

spinner in the XI.

Normally Bangladesh always tinker with their winning combination and they

hinted it would be the case in Rajkot too as they are unlikely to bring any

change. But at the same time, Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah said that they

won't hesitate to bring changes if they feel they need someone to suit this

wicket. This was a changed attitude also from this side.

Depends on the conditions, if there is something then change may come to

the winning combination. Let us see, Mahmudullah said.

He said since they have won the opening game, they are having an edge but

added that they are not keen to take anything for granted.

What I said earlier, since we won the first match, it will give us an

extra confidence for all of us. We are not sitting idle, we are all

desperately waiting for tomorrow's match. Everybody is working hard and

giving their best effort in practice. We are all trying so that we can give

our collective team effort to get the expected result tomorrow, said

Mahmudullah.

See we can somewhat sense that they are looking to come back strongly. I

feel that in T20s, if you can assess the wicket properly and the length

accordingly place your field, then you have a chance to do well. T20 is such

that it's important to make the right decision at the right time and if you

think about it, you may have a game plan but you have to change it and so

adaptability is crucial, he said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)