Published: March 2, 2010
Bangla-desh are confident to put up an improved show and try to stop the English bandwagon in the second ODI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today. England lead the series 1-0 after winning the first match by six wickets at the same venue on Sunday.
The tickets for today’s match will be available at the booth of the SBNS from 9am.
Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim was hopeful of an improved batting show. ‘We will try to put on a good score if we bat first and I think 270 or 280 run will be enough for a victory, I believe the Bangladesh batsmen have the ability to achieve the score,’ said Mushfiq.
Mushfiq was quick to point out the deficiencies in the Bangladesh batting line-up. ‘You see one of the batsmen stands up rock solid but the others fail to play properly, we need at least three good contributions to a win a game, we have been talking about the problems and hope that we can overcome them.’
The dominance of Tamim Iqbal was so high that the adjudicators had no choice but to award him the man of the match award despite being on the losing side. The rest of the batsmen did not contribute much as usual. The shaky-looking middle-order may rally around skipper Sakib-al-Hasan. Aftab Ahmed will need to get a big score if he wishes to seal his berth in place of Mohammad Ashraful.
Mushfiq denied they were under pressure ahead of the crucial match that will turn out as a series decider. ‘We are not thinking of anything else, our main target will be to put up a good show,’ said Mushfiq.
Apart from the batting, Bangladesh also missed a couple of chances in fielding as well and Mushfiq was the man to miss those chances behind the wicket. He himself admitted his fault and vowed not to do the same mistakes.
‘With the score, it was not worthy to miss those chances. Hope, the error won’t be repeated,’ he promised.
The vice-captain also rated Kevin Petersen and Paul Collingwood as the dangermen for Bangladesh but termed their spin attack is better than the English.
‘They actually have got match winning batsmen in Kevin Petersen and Paul Collingwood.
Petersen has been in patchy form but Collingwood is in brilliant form now. We’ve to check them well. But our spinners are better than them. That’s our advantage in fact,’ he opined.
Alastair Cook had a good start to his captaincy with a well-compiled a half-century. Kevin Pietersen, believed to be the best batsman of England, will look for a big score. Craig Kieswetter was probably nervous on his debut, but could still be the man to look out for, as would be Eoin Morgan who did not have too much to do in the first game.
However, Cook was looking to improve despite the victory in the opener. ‘It’s important to start quickly as when the ball gets softer on these wickets it’s harder to get a movement. Colly (Paul Collingwood) keeps delivering the goods at crucial times. But this is just one game out of three and there are still a few areas we can improve on.’
The new captain of England was also hoping that his bowlers would produce an attacking atmosphere in today’s game.