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Riyad’s call to watch Indian bowlers

Tigers face India in second-leg today
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Riyad’s call to watch Indian bowlers
Bangladesh spin coach Sunil Joshi (R) gives some tips to Nazmul Islam Opu (L) as skipper Mahmudullah Riyad prepares to ball at nets during a practice session yesterday in Colombo ahead of their Nidahas Trophy second-leg match with India today. BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh are fazed by the bowling attack of India, given the diversity they brought in as they take on the sub-continent giant in their most crucial game of the Nidahas Trophy Tri-nation T20 International series today at the R Premadas Stadium in Colombo.

Indian though started with a defeat against hosts Sri Lanka, they regrouped well, courtesy to the bowlers to beat Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in return match to keep them ahead in securing the final berth. In winning causes in those two matches, fast bowlers Vijay Shankar who made his debut in this tournament and Shardul Thakur were instrumental.

Thakur’s ‘knuckle ball’ had already made him a sensation in the tournament while Shankar, a pace-bowling all-rounder showed the ability to move the ball admirably in both ways.

Another pacer Yadva Unadakt came up with cutters to complement them.

The pacers were well supported by the spinners Washington Sundor and Yuvendra Chahal who stemmed the run flow half-way through the innings.

The Indian bowlers, considered as second string Indian bowling line up, though are short of experience, so far filled the shoes of regular bowlers well.

Emboldened by the record chase against Sri Lanka in the last match, Bangladesh suddenly found them in a better position but stand-in captain Mahmudullah Riyad said the key would be to neutralize the India bowling attack should they win the match and ease the way to the final of the tournament.

"The Indian bowlers made a lot of change of pace, especially their spinners. They found turn when they bowled it very slow. The pace bowlers have taken off the pace from the ball. We need to keep an eye on these things,” Mahmudullah told the reporters in Colombo.

The captain however wasn’t unhappy about the Bangladesh bowlers’ performance. He admitted the bowlers were expensive against Sri Lanka in the last match but didn’t find any reason as of now to blame the bowlers.

“They have bowled well against India in the first match which actually fuelled our belief that we can be competitive. They may not execute their skills in the second game, but I still find no reason to blame them. Hopefully they now understand in which line and length they would have bowl in the batting-friendly wicket.”

“Our spinners specially were good. Mehidy Hasan Miraj and Nazmul Islam Opu didn’t concede too many runs even against Sri Lanka.”

Bangladesh might leave out Sabbir Rahman and paceman Taskin Ahmed in favour of Ariful Haque and Abu Jayed Rahi in the match against India.

For India, the tournament at the beginning was about giving youngsters a chance in the absence of seasoned players but for a side which is always under scanner, results will be paramount and that effectively stops them from being adventurous in team selection.

A few players such as Deepak Hooda, Mohammed Siraj, Axar Patel are yet to play a game in the tournament, which means the purpose of sending a second-string side has not been served. Hooda, for instance, did not get to play even during the home series against Sri Lanka.

For India the biggest worry is skipper Rohit Sharma's form. One of India's most successful white ball players in recent times, the talented Mumbaikar is waiting for that one big knock that will propel him back to form.

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