Soumya Sarkar has defended the quality of coach Chandika Hathurusingha. The coach finally had to use the all-rounder’s shield to answer the question of why this opener was included in the team.
Today, not an all-rounder, but only as a batsman, Soumya has shown his position in the team. But the bowlers of his team are not able to pay the price of that innings.
Nelson’s wicket helped the batting. In the 2015 World Cup against Scotland, Bangladesh won by scoring 322 runs despite playing with one batsman less due to injury. So it was assumed that New Zealand would pass the target of 292 runs if they played with a cool head.
However, a little better could have been expected from the bowlers. He was also hinted at in the first four overs. The centurion of the previous match, Will Young, was not timing well in the beginning. But from the fifth over, the pacers of Bangladesh suddenly became extra bold with the line-length. He started bowling short lengths on this excellent batting wicket.
As a result, Rachin Ravindra got a chance to play all the wonderful pool shots. Will Young also began to overcome discomfort with the timing. New Zealand scored 61 runs in the powerplay without taking any risks.
Interestingly, Ravindra got out at the end of the power play. That’s because it’s short. Despite getting 15 runs from Hasan Mahmud’s continuous short balls in that over with two fours and a six, he could not handle the temptation of the last ball, he pulled. Rishad brought back Rabindra who scored 45 runs off 33 balls with an excellent catch.
But after losing the first wicket by 76 runs, Bangladesh waited for 22 more overs to take the next wicket of New Zealand. Hasan Mahmud says that too. Henry Nicholls hits four in the first three balls of the 33rd over. He changed the strike in the next ball.
The fifth ball was stopped a little later on the wicket. Will Young gave a catch to Hasan after mis-timing.
Yang finally returned after scoring 89 runs off 94 balls. But New Zealand’s run has already crossed two hundred. At 204 for 2, the hosts need 88 runs from 103 balls to secure the series win.