Bangladesh Despite the prospect of home defeats, ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal believes that playing on sports wickets is the best way for the squad to advance. Bangladesh lost their first ODI series at home after seven successive series victories, following England’s 132-run victory in Dhaka, which gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Since November 2014, Bangladesh has only lost two bilateral ODI series at home, both against England – in 2016 and this series. But, unlike in the past, Bangladesh chose sporting wickets for this series as a warm-up for the 50-over World Cup, which will be played on batting-friendly pitches later this year.
Bangladesh skipper Tamim stated he won’t be concerned about the setback on a wicket that provided something for both spinners and batters, adding that it will pay dividends in the long run.
“When we were talking about actual wickets, I mentioned that we couldn’t always be results-oriented. When we win games in Bangladesh, we must do it on both bad and excellent wickets. When you endeavour to develop these areas, many things will happen – you will win and fail – and you must accept them as part of the process.” Tamim made the comments following England’s series loss on Friday (March 3).
England won the second One-Day International (326/7), led by Jason Roy’s 124-ball 132 and Jos Buttler’s 76 off 64, with Moeen Ali and Sam Curran making cameos. Bangladesh had their moments with the bowling, first having England at 96/3 then taking quick wickets to leave England at 260/6 after a 109-run fourth wicket stand between Roy and Buttler. But, they were unable to deliver in the end, allowing England to surpass 300 points.
I thought we bowled badly in the first three to four overs and I thought we couldn’t bowl properly despite the wicket,” Tamim stated. “We thought the pitch was a little challenging. But, it makes no difference how challenging the pitch was if you are unable to bowl in the precise locations. We must also recognise their hitting ability.”
Bangladesh was bowled out for 194 in the chase, with only Shakib Al Hasan getting 50. Tamim emphasised the value of hard work for the home team hitters, citing Dawid Malan and Roy’s centuries for England in this series.
I am not troubled about batters going out early, it’s part of the game. Nevertheless, after you reach 30-40, you should go large. Consider England, where one player (Roy) scored 130 today and another (Malan) scored 120-ish in the first game. There is an omission there. Every batter gets out early, but if you have a start, you have to make it count, which we did not.
When you lose three wickets in three overs, I believe you’re in trouble, Tamim added.
Nevertheless, following a blunder in the opening game against Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, England opener Roy remarked that he was hungry to score runs. Roy made amends for his four-run outing in the first ODI with his 12th ODI century, which included 18 fours and a six.
That means everything all of the time (scoring a hundred). I tried so hard to make up for my mistakes in the first game. “I made a terrible mistake back then, and I was eager to get some runs in,” Roy explained. I realised this after sticking that one up in the air in the first game. After seeing Malan’s innings, I knew I wanted to turn on, put my head in, and bat for a while.
Roy, who appreciated working with Buttler, remarked that it took a lot of effort. There have been hundreds in the past – when you approach 40 and feel truly liberated. Each line was a doodle (here). Jos and I got along fine at work. We made great strides. Each field demands a unique set of talents. Nothing could be more true right now.
I scored runs in India. In terms of a batsman’s skill set, scoring runs in these types of scenarios is the most satisfying. I am ecstatic to have won. We scored an extraordinary amount of runs on that wicket today in a series-defining match “He expressed this.