If Bangladesh want inspiration earlier than they play the Kiwis, they want look no additional than Sri Lanka’s 2-Zero collection win in opposition to South Africa.
The Lankans had simply been thrashed 2-Zero by Australia, their finest batsman, Angelo Mathews, and fast, Lahiru Kumara, have been injured, whereas captain Dinesh Chandimal was dropped.
Then, coach Chandika Hathurusingha was eliminated as a selector.
However they didn’t let any of these distractions get of their means as they shocked world cricket and themselves to a collection win on South African soil – the primary Asian Take a look at cricketing nation to take action.
Bangladesh had damage woes earlier than a ball had even been bowled. Tempo bowler Taskin Ahmed had been dominated out of the tour utterly, whereas Shakib Al Hasan could also be obtainable for the second and third Checks. Mohammad Mithun is out of the primary Take a look at and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim is unsure.
However this offers a golden alternative to gamers like Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das to resurrect their worldwide careers, whereas opener Shadman Islam has an opportunity to check himself.
All batsmen, bar Mominul Haque, acquired first rate scores within the observe match, giving them confidence main into the primary Take a look at, in Hamilton come Thursday.
Whereas the onus can be on Tamim Iqbal to ship, I’m excited to see how fellow opener Shadman Islam goes. In an period the place flashy photographs usher in crowds, Islam is the exact opposite. His capability to play comfortably on the back and front foot whereas figuring out when to depart the ball is spectacular.
For as soon as on an abroad tour, the selectors have picked the proper seamers. Abu Jayed is a correct swing bowler who’ll benefit from the wind in Hamilton somewhat than the useless tracks in Sylhet. Khaled Ahmed is actually aggressive and gained’t be afraid to bounce from the primary ball.
Mustafizur Rahman, regardless of all his white-ball match-winning performances, has been underused in Checks. Ebadat Hossain hadn’t even been within the Take a look at squad till Taskin Ahmed injured his ankle within the Bangladesh Premier League, however might be the quickest bowler Bangladesh has produced.
I’ve lived in Sydney my entire life, however at all times supported Bangladesh first resulting from my roots. So nothing would give me extra satisfaction than seeing Bangladesh win a Take a look at abroad.
I’m not saying that we are going to win a match, not to mention the collection, I simply wish to see the boys put up a struggle and push New Zealand. Drawing one can be an enchancment for a aspect that hasn’t performed sufficient Checks to enhance themselves in 19 years.
My XI for the primary Take a look at
Shadman Islam, Tamim Iqbal, Mominul Haque, Liton Das (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah (c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehedi Hasan, Ebadat Hossain, Khaled Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman