Tigers’ top-order woes continue

Tigers looking to salvage lost pride
Tigers looking to salvage lost pride

For the consecutive time in the three-match one-day international series against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh’s top-order crumbled under pressure, giving the team management some serious concern over batting.

Despite getting the chance to make the first use of the pitch after skipper Tamim Iqbal won the toss, the Tigers were reduced to 68-4 in the 20th over with four of their first five batsmen falling without showing much of an effort.

The effort was similar to the one of the first game when Bangladesh got reduced to 39-4 while chasing a target of 315 runs.

Mushfiqur Rahim came to their rescue once again to hit an unbeaten 98 off 110 balls that may have given their bowlers something to fight with, but it could do little to hide their fragility at the top.

The struggle of Bangladesh’s two openers was conspicuous throughout the World Cup, though they still managed to get a decent score most of the time thanks to mercurial Sakib al Hasan.

Promoted at number three, Sakib took the World Cup by a storm to hit two centuries and five fifties making 606 runs in eight innings, which covered the failure of others.

Tamim Iqbal was among the most notable flops, ending the tournament with 235 runs with only one half-century while his opening partner Soumya did not do any better as he made only 166 runs in eight matches.

With Sakib rested against Sri Lanka and pressure of World Cup significantly lessened they were expected to do a lot better in the ongoing three-match series.

Moreover, Tamim was handed the captaincy in the hope that it would lift his mood. But he continued to bat the same way that made him now getting bowled in six consecutive innings with his 62 runs coming in run-fest against Australia.

In four of his last six innings Tamim was played on, which also raised some concern over his technical deviation.

Tamim’s opening partner Soumya, who started getting some success with ball, seemed to have forgotten his original duty and was evident in his dismissal in the first two matches, which made it 10 consecutive innings without fifty.

Mohammad Mithun was promoted at number three in Sakib’s absence only for him to make just 22 runs in two matches.

He got some runs in this position in warm-up matches but failed when it mattered most to leave Tigers licking their wounds.