Bangladesh v India, 2nd ODI, Mirpur

Bangladesh can't find a way out of slump

Mohammad Isam

June 16, 2014

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Isam - Bangladesh need to play Taskin

Mahmudullah steps out for practice, Mirpur, May 29, 2014
Mahmudullah showed signs of regaining form © BCB

The snowballing effect of a losing streak is slowly taking over Bangladesh as they prepare for the second ODI against India. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim rightfully pointed out the lack of big innings and poor bowling that caused the eighth straight defeat on Sunday, in the first ODI, but on the field there seemed to be few who could find a way out.

There were only a handful of overs when the visiting batsmen were asked questions. Mashrafe Mortaza bowled two excellent overs at the start, which should have been encouraging enough for Al-Amin Hossain and Ziaur Rahman to use a similar length, but they were kept busy finding the right line. Neither did Mashrafe continue bowling well, as he lost his rhythm too.

Al-Amin admitted that they gave away too many boundary balls to Indian openers Robin Uthappa and Ajinkya Rahane who batted at a steady tempo, unlike Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque who found it hard to get going early on.

"They attacked us even after getting beaten once or twice," Al-Amin said. "They were coming down the wicket at times. I think our batsmen were slow in that regard, and when a batsman is slow, the bowlers can attack him. It is slightly easier to get a wicket.

"But their batsmen didn't give us the chance as they kept finding boundaries. In the next game, we will try to make a comeback."

Mushfiqur said immediately after the match that they fell short of a bigger total as the batsmen didn't make full use of their starts. He also believed that had the bowling before the rain break been tighter, India would have had to score at a higher rate afterwards.

"We were short by 20 runs," Mushfiqur said. "When we bowled, our first ten overs didn't go to plan. The wicket was good and they batted well but we gave away too many boundary balls. If they were 70 or 75 runs at the rain break, they would have needed a lot afterwards which could have made the difference.

"The set batsmen should have stayed, and that would have got us to another 20 runs. We were 30-odd in the first ten overs so we had to play catch up with the run-rate. We needed 285-290 in this good wicket, but unfortunately when the set batsmen got out, runs are hard to get."

Just after the rain break when India needed 50 off 56 balls, Shakib Al Hasan and Abdur Razzak bowled two good overs but the pressure was released with Mahmudullah bowling waywardly, later giving away 26 runs in 2.5 overs.

But it was a better day with the bat for Mahmudullah as he played his first innings of substance this year. Promoted to bat at No. 6, his 44-ball 41 was important especially as Tamim Iqbal, Mominul Haque and Nasir Hossain looked out of sorts.

In the past 28 years, Bangladesh have had six losing streaks which spanned at least 10 matches. Between 1999 and 2002, it was as long as 23 matches and in 2010, they suffered a losing streak that stretched 14 games.

Mushfiqur is now in dire need of answers in his dressing-room as he looks to avoid extending an already long blemish. His own performance must be a solace, but there are far too many areas in which Bangladesh have looked short of confidence.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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Posted by imtiazjaleel on (June 17, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

Bangladesh cannot perform well in both departments batting or bowling. If they bat well they cannot the restrict the other side and vice versa. To win a match you have to perform well both with the bat, ball and fielding. I strongly feel that it is their bowling which is very weak. They have to concentrate on their bowling department and developed some good quality bowlers to compete with International teams. if they score 400 runs also they cannot win.

Posted by ThinkingCricket on (June 17, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

The reason Bangladesh is losing is because they have had the spirit and fight beaten out of them (mostly by their own fans and commentators). When they were winning games (before the SL tour) they were batting freely and aggressively, even then every dismissal was greeted with 'thrown it away', 'irrepsonsible', 'can't play cautiously'. And when they lost a few it became a cacophony of voices crying for batsmen to 'apply themselves', 'make it count' and the like.

Unsurprising that they play like this; when Tamim used to score 25 (11) people complained about throwing it away; now he scores 0 (11) and everyone blames those who played well enough for 59 (62) but not well enough to get 100 (100). As long as they are not scoring fast, they will lose every single match, and they won't score fast, because any dismissal trying to do so invites this sort of knee-jerk criticism.

Posted by Aroundthelegsgoogly on (June 17, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

India has a pretty strong A team don't they?

Posted by niazbhi on (June 17, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

Despite loss BD played well. India A is not that much behind from india. Only player india would be missing in terms of ODI is BK.Uthappa, Rahane, Raina etc.. are no less than others seating home. Tamim, Raid and Nasir have not been contributing for long. Still BD put up a fighting total. genuine bowlers like Sakib, Mortaza, Al amin etc did not do bad. Razzak is no longer the same. We have to understand india has 40 or so outstanding players in IPL. BD had only Sakib in that level. Musfiq is doing well. Momin might get there. Seamers are not threateningly fast..they got the basics right. Which is a good start.

Posted by InaamAzmi on (June 17, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

I think in future if india ever wants to play with bangladesh then there should always be a triangular series..bcoz in india vs bangladesh matches u can guess the result before the math starts...

Posted by   on (June 17, 2014, 3:21 GMT)

Do you still feel this is India A Mr, Rahim??

Posted by StraightDRIVvE on (June 17, 2014, 0:47 GMT)

BD Selection is questionable. Razzak? Riad?

Posted by   on (June 16, 2014, 19:42 GMT)

Bangladesh should do what they are best at doing, ie,play more spinners.I would suggest strangulate Indian batsmen playing spinners more than the outdated and out of order fast bowling by our ameture fast bowlers. Bangladesh should be confident and psychologically fit to beat any team in the world. After losing eight subsequent matches the players are very low in confidence. They need to win matches to get back their rhythm and start being themselves.

Posted by Jawwad123 on (June 16, 2014, 19:09 GMT)

They should try out Taskin in the next match. He's shown a lot of potential so far and tomorrow might just be the perfect opportunity to see what he's really capable of.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

Bangladesh should find better opener. Tamim's time out long while ago. There's no improvement from him at all. So what for he is in Squard???? The big mistake will be if BD depends on him. His last 10 matches can make clear everything. Shamsur Rahman and Enamul will be okay for this moment.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (June 16, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

All major countries except INDIA and Australia figured in this list of long losing streak....even SA also have the losing streak of 10 matches....among Test playing nations (not considering BD), SL has the longest losing streak of 14 matches...this shows only two teams have performed consistently in all parts of the world....and INDIA among them

Posted by   on (June 16, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

Ziaur is out of sorts, have taskin in and i dont see where Gazi could play, he has lost it.

Posted by Nampally on (June 16, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

It is tough for BD to match the Indian batting when the Indian openers are in good form. Both Uthappa & Rahane are coming from a fine season in the IPL.Uthappa was the highest run getter & Rahane was also amongst the top 10. Raina, Saha & Rayudu amongst the middle order also did well. A.Patel, Mohit & Yadev have been in excellent form as bowlers too. So it will be tough for BD to beat India when at least 7 out of XI ODI team is in the groove & have confidence to do well. I do not see BD winning in any other way but the weather & D/L rule favouring them. In a full 50 over match India will outplay them. It is England's good fortune that 4 of these players are not included in the Indian squad Touring England. The sad part is Uthappa & Yadev are at their top form. When you catch a wave at the peak of its crest, you travel the maximum distance. India will fail to get its top performing players on the field. But for BD tour they have to deal with these 2 top performers - no escape!

Posted by soumyas on (June 16, 2014, 17:58 GMT)

In cricket even the bad ball gets u wicket if batsman makes mistakes. So accept the simple fact that Robin and Rahane batted well, and Indian bowlers bowled well at the start.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

The spinners have to come in early. The BD quicks are just bad. They give away too many runs.

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