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Mahmudullah will have to cross the Oman Sea today

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Stones do not mix with the soil. You have to fight in the mountains with a hard mind like a stone. Despite the vastness of mountains and deserts in the last 15 days, the cricketers of the river-washed polythene country have not been able to become strong-minded. The hill town of Muscat therefore could not bat with determination against the Europeans. Even if the wrist is not strong, you have to take the taste of defeat on the opening day of the T20 World Cup by losing one wicket after another while hitting sixes. That defeat is the number seven danger signal to Bangladesh. Scotland and Oman, the two winning teams on the opening day, have also begun to settle the score. Hosts Oman will be the first to kill Tiger to ensure a game in the Super Twelve. So the Tigers have to pass the Oman and Papua New Guinea exams well to go to the second round of the World Cup. Mahmudullah will have to cross the Oman Sea today to cope with the storm. Either way the Tigers will have to anchor at the port of victory.

There is no question of winning. Defeat is only dissection. BCB president Nazmul Hasan Pan himself did the postmortem of the rate near Scotland yesterday. He had a zoom meeting with two senior cricketers, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan and head coach Russell, to catch the mistake and try to inspire them for the remaining two matches. Although many of the players do not like the open speech of the board president, they have to accept it for the sake of reality. Because they have failed to pay the investment price of BCB. They also failed to win with ICC partner Scotland. But all the members of the squad were flying in the sky after losing to Australia and New Zealand. No one imagined that Scotland would be dragged to the ground like this. It is better to get Sambit back in the fall of Dhapas. It would be better to consider the defeat against the Scots as an accident and win two matches in a row with new vigor.

No doubt, Bangladesh is the best team in the group. The other three are allied cricketing nations. They rarely get a chance to play a match against a big team. Scotland has a long cricket tradition but Oman does not. They are a team made up of India-Pakistan players living in Oman. Despite playing good cricket recently, he has not been able to show consistency. However, the World Cup mission started with a one-sided cricket match against Papua New Guinea. They tied PNG for 129 runs for 9 wickets and won the match by 10 wickets. They also want to play cricket in Daputa against Bangladesh. Oman all-rounder Khawar Ali said this at the pre-match press conference yesterday, ‘In 2016, Tamim played very well in Dharamsala and scored a century. We were the new team then. Not so experienced. In these five years we have become much more. I am playing good cricket as a team. I will try to win the match tomorrow (today) by playing good cricket.

Oman has played several warm-up matches before the start of the World Cup. They played competitive cricket in a two-match T20 series against Sri Lanka at the World Cup venue. They memorized everything at Al Amarat Cricket Academy. Which way the ball can be safely sent to the boundary line, every player knows. As scary as this place. The Tigers will face a tough challenge against the hosts if they do not perform in a planned and coordinated manner. However, coach Russell Domingo believes that Bangladesh will advance to the second round of the World Cup after playing two matches in a row. According to him, ‘The first match was very competitive. They (Scotland) won the match by playing well. Not all ended at a match rate. The boys are ready to take the challenge. Hopefully we can win the match by playing as a unit. There has been enough analysis inside the team about the mistakes of the first match. Performance analyst coach Srinivasan has shown the mistakes of every player. In the last match, Mahmudullah made more mistakes in batting. Most of the batsmen were caught out while playing over boundary shots. Especially in the middle order, three experienced batsmen could not show responsibility. On the one hand, they have dotted the ball more, there is no plan to play a big innings set between them. Some wrong bowlers have also made. They could not hold the rhythm of the beginning towards the end. But if they had bowled consistently tight, Scotland could have been tied for 125 runs. BCB president Papun Koch did not get the desired answer when asked about the bowling plan. Batting order was also discussed in the zoom meeting. The coach could not prove the rationale of not playing Naeem Sheikh, who has opened the batting in 16 consecutive T20 matches, in the first match of the World Cup. That is why the team management decided to keep Naeem Sheikh in the pair of Liton Kumar by turning 180 degrees in the second match. Fine tuning may also be done in the bowling department.

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