Can Bangladesh be bold in final T20I against Zimbabwe?

    Bangladeshi players celebrate a Zimbabwean wicket during the second ODI. Photo: ZC



    Bangladeshi players celebrate a Zimbabwean wicket during the second ODI. Photo: ZC

    Bangladesh was the upper hand in their ongoing tour of Zimbabwe and the results spoke to the beginning of the Tigers. The only obstacle along the way was the defeat of 23 races in the second T20I on Friday which saw Zimbabwe level the series of three races.

    The results of the games could show the Tigers dominate in everything, but these results say very little about the safe approach that Bangladesh has chosen to ensure their superiority on the tour.

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    Bangladesh has played a total of six races so far on the tour – one test, three ODIs and two T20Is. And in every game, the Bangladeshi team used an eleven heavy canes to protect themselves from a possible collapse of the victory.

    And the strategy worked as the Tigers won the victories by returning from vulnerable positions due to their long run. The team’s management still had to deal with strong criticism for the employment of nine tactical balls, three of which were all-rounders, with only the first two players in the one-time test that the Tigers eventually won with 220 runs.

    However, in addition to conveying the message that the team’s management has little confidence in its balls, a safe approach from the Bangladeshi think tank has often made life difficult for the masters on the court, as they had to do with four specialized bowling alleys and mix up a few other part-time people to complete all the over in one game.

    There was even an example in the final EMU when Captain Tamim Iqbal passed the ball to Mohammad Saifuddin, even after the all-rounder admitted to a pace higher than 10 and above.

    However, the growing number of side injuries has only limited the options for managing the Bangladeshi team, but there is still someone like Nasum Ahmed, a left-handed spinner, who has not yet taken his chance on tour. And with four of Zimbabwe’s top five winners being right-handed, a genuine swivel left arm could advance well to the side.

    The only relevant question is, will the Tigers be bold enough to play five regular bowling instead of their usual safe approach to sending an extra ball and seal the T20I series as a truly superior side?

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