ICC World Twenty20 2010 April 28, 2010

Will unpredictable Bangladesh dazzle or disappoint?

Click here to listen to Ian Chappell's assessment of Bangladesh.

Overview

It's been said before that Bangladesh are most dangerous in Twenty20. That in twenty minutes of violent batting or strangulating left-arm spin, they can turn a game on its head. It's a back-handed compliment actually that seeks to turn their flaws while playing Test cricket or 50-over cricket into strengths for Twenty20 format. However, after this summer of cricket where they weren't totally outplayed by India and England, their fans would be hoping for a good performance in the Caribbean.

The slow West Indies pitches, in theory, should suit them and this is where they were instrumental in knocking out India from the 2007 World Cup. More importantly, this is where they achieved their first overseas Test and ODI series wins against a Test-playing nation not that long ago. Tamim Iqbal, who has been in great form in the last one year though he is just back from an injury, would be their main hope with the bat and much will be expected from the usual suspects - Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful and Aftab Ahmed.

Twenty20 pedigree

Overall, Bangladesh's statistics aren't impressive. They won three out of their first four Twenty20 games, which included a fabulous win against West Indies when Ashraful and Aftab unfurled sparkling knocks, but they have lost their last ten games.

Strengths and weaknesses

It's still their unpredictability that is their strength and weakness. On their day, they could play as awesomely as they did in the thrashing of India in the World Cup but can combust as spectacularly as well. In Tamim, they have as good an opener as any other side and in Shakib they have one of the better allrounders going around in the circuit but their seam department is a worry. Mashrafe Mortaza has been busy fighting injuries, Syed Rasel is steady and Rubel Hossain is not consistent yet.

Key men

Look no further than Tamim Iqbal. For long, Bangladesh have had many attacking batsmen but lacking in discipline, but Tamim has been rapidly maturing in the recent months and is blossoming into a fine world-class player. He has the shots and is now showcasing his strong temperament as well.

Shakib Al Hasan has already established himself as a world-class allrounder and it was he, more than Mortaza, who should have got into an IPL team. He is a fiercely ambitious man and one who has never shied away from facing the heat, be it on the field or out of it. He bowls like a miser and tries to bat like a millionaire.

X-factor

Mahmudullah is another young player who is maturing quickly. He has converted himself from being a "hitter" who used to bat at No.8 in domestic cricket into a responsible lower middle-order batsman who bowls handy offspin. If Bangladesh top order combusts, it will be Mahmudullah that the management will look to get them to a decent score.

Vital stats

  • For someone who has dazzled in Tests and one-dayers recently, Tamim is yet to prove himself in the Twenty20 format - he averages just 13.38 from 13 games
  • Ashraful has just one fifty in 13 games but the stunning 27-ball 61 against West Indies is the knock with the highest strike-rate for any innings over 50 by an Bangladeshi batsman.
  • Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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    • siddique on May 1, 2010, 2:26 GMT

      Tell the world what we are but first show it. Lets go boys--lets do it this time. May God bless.

    • kas on May 1, 2010, 1:22 GMT

      Thanks Sriram, I think you are spot on the money here, because we all agree with you about BD against big teams, its either a hit or a miss. I've said this before and I will repeat myself again, BD owes all of us Bangladeshis a performance in this tournament and its not too late for us to be statistically good. In the build up to this tournament, every presenters, commentators, media are all talking about India, Australia, Pakistan and no one even dares to mention Bangladesh and this is due to us not really being a threat to any other sides. But I think its about time we step up the ladder and wipe off the Minnow tag for good. Hopefully we can beat Pakistan and Aussies. Go on tigers, just roar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bang on April 30, 2010, 11:32 GMT

      Pakistan is a wounded animal now. So, Bangladesh have to be watchful without fear but with caution. Strictly speaking, this Pakistan side is irresponsible and unpredictable. All will now depend on how Jamie Siddons does his homework without committing any blunder like one he did in Chittagong test against England. Good luck.

      Sriram, nice analyis is that and I will add Nayeem to the list of prospects.

    • Dummy4 on April 30, 2010, 8:19 GMT

      Zimbabwe defeated Pakistan. Take boost from them and try to win.

    • Abudarda on April 30, 2010, 6:30 GMT

      Go tiger!! its time to show our ability to the world! we can!!! our lossing streak is over! its time to win!

    • Rakib on April 30, 2010, 5:55 GMT

      bd are developing side. now no thinking jst go out there and give the best and if best is nt gud enough try to play with all life power .which they dnt hv todo cos theyv got certain world class players..... sakib,tamim,mashrafee

    • Rakib on April 30, 2010, 5:46 GMT

      bd are developing side. now no thinking jst go out there and give the best and if best is nt gud enough try to play with all life power .which they dnt hv todo cos theyv got certain world class players..... sakib,tamim,mashrafee

    • Rajat on April 30, 2010, 4:21 GMT

      Its High time my Bro....we hav enough defeat on our belt at da moment.. we r still with our team..n support proudly... so guys play proudly bcoz its the end afters this.... Now its time 2 Roar!!!!

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