Today, in the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati, Bangladesh will play the last match of the warm-up phase of their World Cup campaign. This match will be against England, the team that currently holds the title of world champion.
On Friday, the Tigers defeated Sri Lanka in their first warm-up match by a score of seven wickets, which was a comfortable victory.
Shakib Al Hasan, the team’s captain, suffered an ankle strain during training and had to sit out the first match of the series against Sri Lanka as a result. It is possible that he will also sit out the match against England.
Regardless of the outcome of the match against England, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) selector Habibul Bashar expressed his desire for the Tigers to rediscover their rhythm before the start of the tournament. Bashar made this statement before to the match.
It is essential for the players to compete against a strong adversary like England so that they can gauge their own abilities. Regardless of the outcome of the match, our primary objective is to perform to the best of our abilities throughout the board, particularly in the top order. Bashar made this statement to The Daily Star the other day. “If the top three can find their rhythm, then they can take that rhythm into the main stage,” Bashar said.
In the first practise match on Friday, Bangladesh bowled out the Sri Lankans for 263 runs and then pursued the mark in 42 overs. This was made possible by their openers, Liton Das and Tanzid Tamim, who put up 131 runs for the first wicket.
Liton seemed to have emerged from his rut with a score of 61 off of 56 balls, while Tanzid came close to scoring a century after laying a good platform for the Tigers with a score of 84 off of 88 balls.
“At this point in time, bowling is not really a concern of ours. We want the batting of our top order to improve,” Bashar said further.
On October 7, Bangladesh will kick off their World Cup campaign with a match against a familiar opponent, Afghanistan. On October 10, Bangladesh will play their second match of the tournament against England in Dharamsala.
Therefore, the Tigers may use the warm-up match as a chance to evaluate the reigning champions and determine the strengths and weaknesses of their team in the context of the Indian circumstances.
The Tigers got off to a strong start in their training phase with the victory over Sri Lanka, but renowned coach Nazmul Abedin Fahim pushed Shakib’s squad for “repetition” in terms of their performances.
I would want the performers to repeat themselves. He said this to The Daily Star the other day, “If the top order, which consists of Liton, Tanzid, and Shanto, get to bat, I want them to show consistency.” “Shanto is returning from an injury, and it would be beneficial for him if he could keep up his strong form and bring it to the main stage,”
Mehedi Hasan Miraz is the other player competing for the top spot in Bangladesh’s batting order. He is the backup opener for the squad. In the opening match of the warm-up series, the all-rounder played at number three against Sri Lanka in a match that he led in place of Shakib. This gave him the opportunity to get some batting practise.
He won the game for his team with an outstanding score of 67, which was composed of 64 balls and included five fours and two sixes.