March 29, 2014
Choice of game
After watching the first game of this World Twenty20, between Bangladesh and Afghanistan, I bought tickets for this game because I had faith that Bangladesh would make it to the Super 10s.
Anamul Haque was the key performer for Bangladesh. He hit two fours in the first over, which went for 13 runs. He then added 46 runs with captain Mushfiqur Rahim. Mahmudullah also played well, scoring 32 off 23 balls.
For India, Rohit Sharma hit 56 off 44 balls and his century-stand with Virat Kohli gave them the win.
Thing I'd have changed about the match
I would have sent Ziaur Rahman to bat at No. 4 since he is known to be a hard hitter. Bangladesh may have ended up with a few more runs if he had been sent to bat earlier. But he was out for a first-ball duck at No. 8.
I would have also wanted to do something about Bangladesh's disappointing fielding. Many catches were dropped and boundaries were not saved. They also threw their wickets away.
Shot of the day
Anamul's six over extra cover off Mohammed Shami in the 11th over was a treat to watch.
The stands are always packed in limited-overs matches in Mirpur. More than 25,000 spectators were cheering for the home team. Every Bangladesh boundary was greeted with thousands of roars. The last six of the Bangladesh innings landed nearer our stand.
ODI v Twenty20
I prefer ODIs since teams have a chance to fight back from a losing position, which is tough to do in T20s.
The match was frustrating and disappointing for Bangladesh fans. But I'm sure the team will overcome the problems and come back in next match.
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