Bangladesh v Nepal, World T20, Group A, Chittagong March 17, 2014

Mushfiqur wary of Nepal challenge

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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim will not let his side take Nepal lightly, and having had a look at his training session on Monday afternoon, it is clear that they are treating this game like any other, with equal significance.

As he does so often on the eve of matches, Mushfiqur came to the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium early for the extra net session. One of the bowlers troubled him and Shamsur Rahman, who had recently joined the captain in these early nets, but otherwise, they smashed a few having had a good knock from a member of the support staff.

Bangladesh's focus has been firmly on winning games, having only won their first international match in 2014 on Sunday when they crushed Afghanistan by nine wickets. It broke a nine-match losing streak, which included two T20s against Sri Lanka last month and seven ODI defeats on the trot. Mushfiqur gave a reminder of what had been happening, to put everyone into Bangladesh's perspective.

"We will try to beat them even if it is a ten-wicket or one-wicket win," Mushfiqur said. "Whatever it is, our main focus will be to win the game, by hook or crook.

"T20 is a format where the game can change easily. Tomorrow's game is very important for us because we are plying the World T20s. The last three months the results didn't come our way, so from that aspect we are not ready to give away anything."

Mushfiqur believes the team started to think positively as soon as they beat the UAE in the Fatullah warm-up game on March 12. But he still doesn't feel at home in T20s, as he said that it is difficult to play consistently in this format.

"We are in a good position now. But honestly, it is difficult to play consistent cricket in T20 cricket. This is a shorter version and a bowler or a batsman can change the game [very quickly]. At the same time, we have quite a few match-winners, so we are a bit relaxed from that aspect."

The turn and bounce that worked so well for Bangladesh against Afghanistan at the Shere Bangla National Stadium might not have the same effect against Nepal, as Mushfiqur expects a different surface in Chittagong. He said that he would pick an extra seamer if the need arises.

"We saw the last game and the results of practice matches as well. This is not a typical Chittagong wicket. There is a bit of grass. Because it's a night game, the pacers might get a little bit more help. We might play an extra pacer.

"We still have till tomorrow afternoon to decide, and there might be more work done on the wicket. Normally, the turn that the spinners get they may not get that but we have quality spinners and good pacers."

Bangladesh ultimately will look to hold on the momentum from the Afghanistan game. Mushfiqur believes having the feeling that things are on their side is important in contests like T20s, particularly when the team had been through a rut lately.

"In the last game our bowlers bowled well and the fielders backed them up. The main target will be to keep the momentum. We won three games in a row (including the warm-up games). T20 is all about momentum. We will work to carry the momentum. Insha Allah, we will be able to adjust soon."

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

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  • on March 18, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    Don't worry Mushie, I think BD will win by 8 wickets in hand...

  • on March 18, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    All the best for my Nepal!!! Insha Allah Nepal will win!!!!

  • on March 18, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Thanks Mushi- please keep the momentum and all we have full confidence on you- do not die before fight- whole nations with our cricket team and praying for you. Insa Allah we'll celebrate another winning evening and move on to TOP 10.

  • British_North_America on March 18, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Bashu Acharya Would you say the same had the opponent been Australia?

  • on March 18, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    Nepal! Nepal!! Let's hope for Miracle. All result is possible in 20-20 cricket.

  • on March 18, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Dear Cricket Lovers,

    Everybody loves to watch his/her nation playing in Highest format of cricket(World Cup) and so prays to god to win the match for them. We, Gurkha's will do the same. Nobody in this tournament is weaker or stronger. Its a game you hav to play to win. In some comments, I noticed that people are assuming Nepal as a weaker candidate and bangals as stronger, I deny. We are the master of our soul. With the likes of Shakti, Regmi, Paras, Kami, Veswakar, Malla, we can nightmare anyteam.

    RESPECT CRICKET

  • ArifurKhadem on March 18, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    In order to display some good shows against the top teams, BD shouldn't take Nepal lightly but should win this game as easily as against Afghan. Tigers played their natural game in the last match after a while, so they didn't fail any depart. The same should continue throughout the tournament. BD players often make some silly and stupid mistakes and pay for them costly. Playing with similar confidence and attitude in Asia Cup two years ago was another good example. One other thing I don't understand why selectors didn't form a best team like below. This sort of team can be very hard to beat as the team is full of allrounders. 1.Tamim Iqbal 2. Anamul Haque 3. Shakib Al Hasan 4. Mishfiqur Rahim 5. Nasir Hossain 6. Mominul Haque 7. Mahmudullah 8. Ziaur Rahman 9. Sohag Gazi 10. Mashrafe Mortaza 11. Abdur Razzak/Rubel Hossain. I believe Ziaur can be the best choice for T20 as a team needs a hard-hitter like him in the lower order while Mominul is experienced, compared with Sabbir & Farhad

  • Rafelgibt on March 18, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Hope we are going to WIN the match if our BAN players play with full passion.Good to see that our neighbor NEPAL is emerging as CRICKET playing nation.Dont worry guys we would be always with you guys as we are still with ZIM,IRE and Afghan allowing those country's players to play in our domestic league to gain more experience over Bangladesh.Still you (CRITICs) would not say that BAN is helping/well wishers of others???

  • on March 18, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    None can predict this kind of game..lol..

  • i_golam on March 18, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Yesterday I saw India vs Srilanka & after the match I began to think that there is no way that some other team from out of Asia can or will win this tournament ! If BD qualify to next round so they will also be a big threat like Pak /Srl / Ind for the cup.

  • on March 18, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    Don't worry Mushie, I think BD will win by 8 wickets in hand...

  • on March 18, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    All the best for my Nepal!!! Insha Allah Nepal will win!!!!

  • on March 18, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Thanks Mushi- please keep the momentum and all we have full confidence on you- do not die before fight- whole nations with our cricket team and praying for you. Insa Allah we'll celebrate another winning evening and move on to TOP 10.

  • British_North_America on March 18, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Bashu Acharya Would you say the same had the opponent been Australia?

  • on March 18, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    Nepal! Nepal!! Let's hope for Miracle. All result is possible in 20-20 cricket.

  • on March 18, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Dear Cricket Lovers,

    Everybody loves to watch his/her nation playing in Highest format of cricket(World Cup) and so prays to god to win the match for them. We, Gurkha's will do the same. Nobody in this tournament is weaker or stronger. Its a game you hav to play to win. In some comments, I noticed that people are assuming Nepal as a weaker candidate and bangals as stronger, I deny. We are the master of our soul. With the likes of Shakti, Regmi, Paras, Kami, Veswakar, Malla, we can nightmare anyteam.

    RESPECT CRICKET

  • ArifurKhadem on March 18, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    In order to display some good shows against the top teams, BD shouldn't take Nepal lightly but should win this game as easily as against Afghan. Tigers played their natural game in the last match after a while, so they didn't fail any depart. The same should continue throughout the tournament. BD players often make some silly and stupid mistakes and pay for them costly. Playing with similar confidence and attitude in Asia Cup two years ago was another good example. One other thing I don't understand why selectors didn't form a best team like below. This sort of team can be very hard to beat as the team is full of allrounders. 1.Tamim Iqbal 2. Anamul Haque 3. Shakib Al Hasan 4. Mishfiqur Rahim 5. Nasir Hossain 6. Mominul Haque 7. Mahmudullah 8. Ziaur Rahman 9. Sohag Gazi 10. Mashrafe Mortaza 11. Abdur Razzak/Rubel Hossain. I believe Ziaur can be the best choice for T20 as a team needs a hard-hitter like him in the lower order while Mominul is experienced, compared with Sabbir & Farhad

  • Rafelgibt on March 18, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Hope we are going to WIN the match if our BAN players play with full passion.Good to see that our neighbor NEPAL is emerging as CRICKET playing nation.Dont worry guys we would be always with you guys as we are still with ZIM,IRE and Afghan allowing those country's players to play in our domestic league to gain more experience over Bangladesh.Still you (CRITICs) would not say that BAN is helping/well wishers of others???

  • on March 18, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    None can predict this kind of game..lol..

  • i_golam on March 18, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Yesterday I saw India vs Srilanka & after the match I began to think that there is no way that some other team from out of Asia can or will win this tournament ! If BD qualify to next round so they will also be a big threat like Pak /Srl / Ind for the cup.

  • ItsHaudeBaba on March 18, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Nepal !!! Nepal !!!! Nepal !!!!! Best of Luck Boys. We are here to play and we don't need to worry play positive that's all you guys need to do ...... Rest will be the history ...

  • WahidOrnob2 on March 18, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    It is really good to see opponent bcuz this is the only way to cheers! Our captain already said "we are not gonna take Nepal lightly" even though he did not for about our recent defeats. But reality is that Nepal will destroy by Tigers roar (with respect). Trust me dear Nepali fans we are really sorry for you but we have nothing to do except beat you with huge different. We want to see more giant team from Asia, hope you can fight and still Good Luck Nepal.............

  • on March 18, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    go tigers, play for ur country & for ur people. show the world how bd can be extremely dangerous against all other 8 big teams. just play good cricket, keep ur team united, & keep patience. u will win for sure...

  • on March 18, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    i think bd win the game

  • on March 18, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    Be realistic man...you may hope for a good game but cant insult Bangladesh as a cricket team. because you should respect every team and by this you can earn respect from others as we did.

  • on March 18, 2014, 5:25 GMT

    @ prakash Mishra, with due respect to Nepal, it will be a easy game for BD. They are not Afghanistan. Afghanistan and Ireland are the toughest time in T-20. Nepal is not that strong for sure.

  • cricket2011 on March 18, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    If Nepal win, BD will out from the Tournament

  • on March 18, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    doesn't matter whether BD is test playing nation or not.. This is T-20 dude... anything can happen..anytime.. even a single ball can turn the game.. just watch and enjoy

  • on March 18, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    lets see what happen ( gurkha ) nepali or tiger Bengali ....as nepali I can see 50 50 probability for both country...

  • dynewmoon on March 18, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    Best wishes for Nepal...do good and show how could we reached here. N NEPAL E NEPAL P A L

  • prakash_mishra on March 18, 2014, 4:06 GMT

    Bangladesh is an experienced side compared to Nepalese team, but if anyone thinks that this one is going to be a cake walk for the home side, then he is up for a big disappointment. I want Nepal to learn from their past mistakes where they have collapsed for paltry scores when playing against a stronger side with formidable bowling units. Just keep faith in yourself and try to give a good fight.Don't pressurize yourself too much. Paras is once again going to be a key player today. I have this gut feeling that Nepal might upset Bangladesh today. Batting has to work though for that to happen. Hope it happens !!!

  • zexmanoz on March 18, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Its a great chance for Nepal to prove they are the best if they could beat bangladesh today in their home ground.go nepal go.....

  • on March 18, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    Bangladesh Cricket Analyst

    Nepal has shown good prospect. It is ovious that tey are talented side this is why they are in World Cup stage. Nepal will learn lot of things by playing against a test playing nation. Best of luck for Nepal from Bangladesh.

    On the contrary Mushfiqur thingking level is matured enough like othe Asian jiant. Well done man.

  • on March 18, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Nepal is GIANT KILLER...if you think you are giant BD, be ready to stay on the same point 2....

  • on March 18, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    Today Nepal will play good cricket..........Today Nepali player will prove Nepal is the rising country in cricket............ I love Nepal........... Today we will win the match against Bangladesh..........Best of luck for our Team....... Nepal Nepal Nepal....... Jai Ho Nepal................

  • on March 18, 2014, 2:32 GMT

    Bangladesh is definitely in the best of their form. Nepal can give good fight if they play with positive spirit. Playing an extra pacer may do the trick for Bangladesh. In that case Farhad Reza may the best option to be taken off. I strongly fell that Bangladesh should go for a power cricket in-order to check their skill for going after the super ten teams.

  • on March 18, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    Tiger roars be careful Nepal as BD got respects towards you as new comer but they will definitely be on top to go on the next stage and make the group B as the deadly group with WI.AUS,IND,PAK.

  • ExpectUs on March 18, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    Although Mushfiq's captaincy is controversial at bowling, he is the most cool-headed and cleanest player in the team.

  • on March 17, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    Best of luck tiger !! BD should win easily there is no way Nepal gona win , BD should bat first !!

  • i_golam on March 17, 2014, 22:10 GMT

    BD will win easy tomorrow !!!

  • on March 17, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    every game is important doesn't which team against u playing . I hope bangladesh play well and keep consistency . good luck bengal tiger

  • on March 17, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    Inshallah......we will win the next match...easily.....

  • on March 17, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    I am not desperate about winning against bangladesh...... but i want to see Nepal thrash Afghanistan even worse than they did....so Bangla Guys give some valuable lesson.

  • bangladesh_blaster on March 17, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    please dont bring an extra pacer who will just give away runs, infact drop farhad reza for shohag gazi and open the bowling with mashrafi and gazi. spin is our strength. even if it is a grassy wicket(which i highly doubt any in bd), our spinners will do better than pacers.

  • on March 17, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    Tigers play your natural game. It's easy...We are far better. prove it. You already slapt Nabi and his team. Do it tomorrow and stop all barking.

  • juptar on March 17, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Just look the current performance of BD, they dont seems to be in top form except in last match.For bengali tiger, it will be hard nut to crack to win against Nepali rhinos. Nepal will play their natural game with free of mind, as they ve nothing to loose. Pressure will be on high ranked team while playing with minnows(Nepal is so called minnows) Hope Nepal will give their optimum performance tomorrow against BD. All the best to our guys..

  • Fogu on March 17, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Good luck BD. Nepal will not be easy. I am glad to see Mushy's temperament and the team focus. We need to win every qualifying game so that we can carry the momentum into the final stages. Go Tigers!

  • on March 17, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    This is the difference between Nabi and Mushy: Nabi was too busy keeping his feet off the ground after a victory (well earned nonetheless) and his words made the whole team become too complacent. This might seem harsh but you just do not demean a far more experienced team based on the result of just one match. It was even in a different format! Nepal seems to have kept their feet grounded and that is what is required. The captain is a true gentleman and I have a feeling this game might go down as nail biter. Hope Bangladesh wins, but all the same good luck to both the teams!

  • on March 17, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    The match is like final of qualifying round of this group,hope our nepalese players do not make mistake in death overs like previous match tomorrow and keep winning momemtum.

  • HatersAreOrdinary on March 17, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    he always speaks wisely thats why we love you so much captain. nepali captain n fans seems like decent too so no bashing to them outside the field. hoping to see a similar result like last sundaypa

  • salman2510 on March 17, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    For Group A, this game is the decider as to who will qualify.

  • on March 17, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Well spoken, Mushfiqur Rahim. Play like true professionals just like the last game.

    In the last game it was like a professional boxer out - smarting a street fighter.

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  • on March 17, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Well spoken, Mushfiqur Rahim. Play like true professionals just like the last game.

    In the last game it was like a professional boxer out - smarting a street fighter.

  • salman2510 on March 17, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    For Group A, this game is the decider as to who will qualify.

  • HatersAreOrdinary on March 17, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    he always speaks wisely thats why we love you so much captain. nepali captain n fans seems like decent too so no bashing to them outside the field. hoping to see a similar result like last sundaypa

  • on March 17, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    The match is like final of qualifying round of this group,hope our nepalese players do not make mistake in death overs like previous match tomorrow and keep winning momemtum.

  • on March 17, 2014, 17:10 GMT

    This is the difference between Nabi and Mushy: Nabi was too busy keeping his feet off the ground after a victory (well earned nonetheless) and his words made the whole team become too complacent. This might seem harsh but you just do not demean a far more experienced team based on the result of just one match. It was even in a different format! Nepal seems to have kept their feet grounded and that is what is required. The captain is a true gentleman and I have a feeling this game might go down as nail biter. Hope Bangladesh wins, but all the same good luck to both the teams!

  • Fogu on March 17, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Good luck BD. Nepal will not be easy. I am glad to see Mushy's temperament and the team focus. We need to win every qualifying game so that we can carry the momentum into the final stages. Go Tigers!

  • juptar on March 17, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Just look the current performance of BD, they dont seems to be in top form except in last match.For bengali tiger, it will be hard nut to crack to win against Nepali rhinos. Nepal will play their natural game with free of mind, as they ve nothing to loose. Pressure will be on high ranked team while playing with minnows(Nepal is so called minnows) Hope Nepal will give their optimum performance tomorrow against BD. All the best to our guys..

  • on March 17, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    Tigers play your natural game. It's easy...We are far better. prove it. You already slapt Nabi and his team. Do it tomorrow and stop all barking.

  • bangladesh_blaster on March 17, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    please dont bring an extra pacer who will just give away runs, infact drop farhad reza for shohag gazi and open the bowling with mashrafi and gazi. spin is our strength. even if it is a grassy wicket(which i highly doubt any in bd), our spinners will do better than pacers.

  • on March 17, 2014, 20:04 GMT

    I am not desperate about winning against bangladesh...... but i want to see Nepal thrash Afghanistan even worse than they did....so Bangla Guys give some valuable lesson.