Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 5, 2014

Need to focus on our own problems - Anamul


Bangladesh will look to improve on their bowling and fielding in their last Asia Cup match, against Sri Lanka. Anamul Haque, who hit a century against Pakistan, said that the team were discussing their own problems, rather than that of their opponents.

"We know what Lasith Malinga or Kumar Sangakkara can do," Anamul said. "We have played three ODIs and two Twenty20s recently. They are ahead of us in every way, so we are discussing ourselves. We will be aware of not repeating the mistakes that we committed against Pakistan. If we repeat our batting and do well in the other departments, we will have a good result against Sri Lanka."

Having scored 326 for 3, their highest ODI total, the Bangladesh bowlers were poor with their length and line and conceded the runs with one ball remaining.

Abdur Razzak went for 72 in nine overs, the sixth time he has gone for more than 70 runs in an ODI. With 31 required off 18 balls, he was struck for two sixes and gave away 18 runs in that over, finishing off whatever little chance Bangladesh had. Shakib was Bangladesh's only bowler who performed credibly, but even he was smashed for three sixes by Shahid Afridi and those hits completely changed the course of the game. It not only had the effect of reducing the asking run-rate, but Afridi had more importantly taken down the best bowler of the team at a crucial stage.

Mominul Haque surprisingly bowled well once again, but Mahmudullah continued to be battered and it was his last over in which Afridi really began the six-hitting spree. Mushfiqur had to resort to allrounders and part-timers mainly because his pace bowlers were bowling either too wide, too short or too full. Still, it was strange to see that he left Ziaur Rahman's medium pace unused.

Shafiul Islam was recalled after missing out the first two matches and he looked completely out of place. Having suffered several injuries in the last two years, he has bowled without much success since 2012. Al-Amin Hossain tried and bowled his heart out in the final over, but otherwise he too looks like an unfinished article.

Bangladesh's fielding had been slightly better, but still they dropped two chances, including a crucial one by Mushfiqur Rahim from Afridi which significantly swung the momentum Pakistan's way.

Anamul ,however, brushed aside suggestions that there was a lack of dedication from the team, saying that perhaps the team needs to win more to get habituated with the feeling of succeeding in close games. "There was no shortage of dedication. Everyone batted well against Pakistan, and we want to bat like this in every game.

"It is very important to develop the winning habit. I think we lack that experience, so maybe that's why we keep losing from winning positions. We are learning a lot from these situations. The mistakes I am seeing right now, won't exist in the future. We will start winning close matches."

About his own batting, Anamul said that he batted to plan, but felt bad that it did not result in a Bangladesh win.

"The plan was to survive the new ball. We weren't successful in the earlier matches, but against Pakistan we could do it. Hafeez always takes wickets with the new ball so we just wanted to rotate the strike against him. I was a little wary of Ajmal's bowling because he is a world-class bowler, but Shakib and Mushfiqur batted well against him.

"It is a big deal to score a hundred against the Pakistan bowling attack. I thought that it would lead to a win, but unfortunately it didn't happen. I would have felt better had my team won."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • ESPN on March 6, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Good thought but you guys just talk about not repeating mistakes but nothing changes. It is a shame that players who are really deserving don't get a chance to play while the same crop of players have been playing in the playing eleven who are reluctant to learn from their past repeated mistakes. This is the time of technology and even a good viewer can tell ur players where they've been erring and even then they can't correct themselves then they're no good

  • ESPN on March 6, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Sakib should be appointed as BD captain. Mushi is not up to the mark. He doesnt seem to learn from his mistakes. Give sakib d captaincy and BD will change the table. Keep Mushi on the job, BD will keep losing.

  • Manesh on March 6, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    BD need matured fans than anything else! They need to respect other teams and should limit extremism! They have a 60-40 chance of winning @ home against WI, NZ, ZIM in every match. Against all other teams, there chances are limited maximum 20-25% and in away matches it fell further. That's a truth which BD fans do not know or accept!

  • Ata on March 6, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    BD will beat SriLanka today.

  • Golam on March 6, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Can a win change the team ? A single win ?? What we are talking about ??? Team maturity & continuation of good cricket in regular basis must needed for BD !

  • Golam on March 6, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    BD requires a mature team captain but Mushfiq's the other way around ! He is over sensitive and emotional / he is no thinker can not plan nor analyze and take no risks / he has bad luck and loses almost always the toss / he has the inability to retract the attention of others / he can not read the opposing team's thinking and has no strong Personality! He can not praise their own either the opposing team! He whines constantly but can not grab things when it comes! Finally ... Mushi does not have all those abilities that a good captain should have and therefore he is not getting any response or respect from his own team members & thats why he has not been able to unite the whole team !!!

  • mainul on March 6, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Mushfiqur's captaincy has become horrible. He dont know the art of picking the right bowler at the crunch moment. Ziaur was unused when every bowler except Sakib and Mominul were being hammered. Very strange.When he gave the ball to Razzaq in 48th over, i was saying that the game is over and it exacly happened.He failed to get the last 2 wickets of Srilankan innings in first ODI when Lankans were 68/8 and they went on to win by making 180! I think it is now time to give captaincy back to to Sakib now. But never make Tamim captain or vice captain.

  • Syed on March 6, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Agreed with him. I think Bangladesh has finally found the talent that they were looking for since they got their test status. In this team there are some very talented youngsters they need to learn the art of winning matches. They should believe that they can win matches against any top quality side. Apart from your cricketing talent and abilities, I think your confidence plays a big role as well. You do need to be confident. Its just a matter of one big win like a T20 world cup or champions trophy, If they can manage to win a big tournament, then they surely will start winning matches!

  • ESPN on March 6, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    BD has potentials to beat SN as they done same in the last Asia cup .

  • Shabbir on March 5, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    The PAK match has rejuvenated a lagging BAN. There are many positives to be taken from that match especially their largest ever ODI score. There is a good chance that BAN will beat SL, if anybody saw the last ball finishes in both the recent T20's in their last series they would agree both matches were there to be won by BAN. Also in the second ODI BAN had SL down and out for 68/8 only to let them off the hook.

    With all the reshuffling and the emergence of a two good young and consistent top order batsmen (Anamul and Mominul), BAN may not finish bottom of the table.

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