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Mohammad Isam in Chittagong
March 18, 2014
Bangladesh seamer Al-Amin Hossain hasn't played too many evening matches in his young career, so the dew on the outfield of the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium surprised him. Ultimately, it was a matter of controlling the ball when delivering it. Bangladesh did that right against Nepal, restricting them to an under-par 126 and setting up their eight-wicket win.
It was a challenge from the start for Al-Amin, who had to contend with a wet seam early in his first over. Despite a difficult first over, in which he bowled three wides and conceded a boundary, he ended up with an impressive 2 for 17 from four overs.
"The dew made it hard to control from the first over," Al-Amin said. "I was thinking afterwards that I had to make amends in the next three overs. The wicket had grass, and I had to make it count.
"It is my first (T20) World Cup, and just my third T20 match at this level. I thought my bowling in the first match wasn't too bad but I had to improve on it. I was trying to make a comeback in this game and it went pretty well."
He removed Sagar Pun off a catch to cover and two balls later, he had Gyanendra Malla with an excellent delivery that cut back in to the right-hander from a length, trapping him leg-before. Al-Amin has been training to bowl cross-seam deliveries to counter any trouble when bowling with a straight seam.
"I bowled a few wides but I must say, I have never faced such dew in my life. I saw the seam was wet when I looked at it before bowling the second ball. I bowled cross-seam for a while and then I used the seam when it was better," he said.
If the spinners had picked up wickets like they did against Afghanistan, Bangladesh would have finished off the game quicker. Al-Amin added that Nepal's eventual score wasn't good enough.
"They batted defensively, and I think they wanted to bat 20 overs. They didn't take too many chances. I think 126 is a normal score, not a large one. There was no chance to relax.
"This is a do-or-die match. We tried to play good cricket. We took a few early wickets but if Shakib bhai [Al Hasan] and Raj bhai [Abdur Razzak] could have got us a few more in the middle overs, we could have wrapped them up for a smaller total," he said.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets hereFeeds: Mohammad Isam
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