Bangladeshi openinger Soumya Sarkar returns to the stand after just 8 runs. The Bangladeshi players cut a miserable figure, scoring just 104 for nine in 20 overs, to defeat three wickets from Australia in the fourth T20I of the five-game series at Mirpur yesterday. Photo: FIROZ AHMED
Bangladeshi openinger Soumya Sarkar returns to the kiosk after just 8 runs. The Bangladeshi players cut a miserable figure, scoring just 104 for nine in 20 overs, to defeat three wickets from Australia in the fourth T20I of the five-game series at Mirpur yesterday. Photo: FIROZ AHMED
After Bangladesh secured the five-match T20I series with Australia with two games in hand, it was expected that the hosts would make some changes to the team to try and test their depth in the fourth game. Instead, the Tigers went for the will and kept the winning combination intact.
However, one area that most people assumed Bangladesh should change was in one of the first openings, with Soumya Sarkar not seeming at all close to his best.
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The idea of the team’s management to include Soumya for the fourth T20I despite his scores of 2, 0 and 2 in the first three games is supposed to give the left-hander confidence and self-confidence. Unfortunately, Soumya failed to seize this opportunity for the fourth time in a row.
The left-hander once again lacked confidence and was a test from the start against off-spinner Ashton Turner. And even though it hit him with the next six, he had his heart in his mouth at some point, when his chip went a little closer to the thread at the far end.
The management of the team will hope that both openers, Naim Sheikh and Soumya, could lay a solid foundation, but the latter failed to influence again.
Soumya seemed to have no control as he went for Josh Hazlewood and ended up whistling the ball to cover it. The 28-year-old had a good run in Zimbabwe with two fifty in three games and also finished as the player of the series, but Sumia just could not continue this nice streak against the Australians.
In fact, he showed a clear lack of composure when asked to deal with a superior bowling attack against Australians. The way he fired his previous three T20Is saw his questionable approach coming under a magnifying glass.
“Always it was always difficult to chase it, but we did not appreciate the wicket well enough. It was a 120-goal wicket. Having said that the bowlers did a good job of getting it to 19th. But as battles we need to be careful and sensible.”
He made a bad decision as a corkscrew in the first T20I when he tried to make room for Hazlewood and ended up dragging only the ball into his lap after scoring two runs from one ball.
His dismissal in the second game was even worse. He went for a big cross as he faced just the second delivery of winnings from Mitchell Starc, who shot in a fuller length delivery, and it was a bowl for a duck.
Soumya was caught on foot in the third T20I while on a much fuller delivery by Adam Zampa. She had 11 births and had two.
Despite the fact that the Tigers have found a lot of positives from the series so far, Sumia’s lack of form and approach remains the biggest area of concern for Bangladesh as they move forward.