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Bangladesh – A Underdog Walkover Team in Cricket World Cup 2019

Bangladesh have indeed come far beyond the “underdog walkover team” that everyone thought to be.

Bangladesh Cricket World Cup Team 2019

Their rise in the international cricket scene has been slow but steady. It has been incremental and is now on show for all to see.

Qualification into the top four is still hard for Bangladesh, but if Bangladesh win their remaining games, along with other fixtures going their way, Bangladesh can do the unthinkable and reach the final four of the Cricket World Cup for the first time in their history.

And it will not be one based on pure luck. They will have deserved it thoroughly and will be a testament to their progress, with emphasis on fitness and fielding efforts.

Their first match against South Africa was an indicator as to what one could expect from Bangladesh. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim played a brilliant knock as they put more misery on the Proteas.

Their recent win against West Indies also showed that they are more than capable of chasing down big totals. Gone are the days when Bangladesh would be daunted by big totals and be knocked down for a paltry score.

In this article we shall analyse the Bangladesh Cricket team and how the team has become a force to be reckoned with in this Cricket World Cup 2019.

BATTING STRENGTH
One of the primary strengths of Bangladesh has been the wealth of experience available at their disposal.

Tamim Iqbal, Shakib-Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmadullah Riyad, and captain Mashrafe Mortaza form the core of the team who carry the bulk of the responsibility both on and off the pitch.

OPENING PAIR
Openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar form a good opening partnership and on their day can be absolutely devastating.

Tamim Iqbal Soumya Sarkar Bangladesh Cricket World Cup 2019
Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar
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Tamim is the leading run scorer in the country’s history and will shoulder a significant responsibility of scoring runs at the top of the order. So far, he has blown hot and cold, with only one fifty plus score.

However, one cannot keep a player of his calibre quiet for long. Sooner or later, he will be amongst the runs, and Bangladesh can only hope that he finds his form in the remaining games left, so that his team have a chance of qualifying for the final four.

MIDDLE ORDER
The man at number three, Shakib Al Hasan is the man of the moment so far.

Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh Cricket World Cup 2019
Shakib Al Hasan
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Having been promoted up the order, he is now the lynchpin of the Bangladesh team and is scoring runs for fun at the moment.

He has already scored two hundreds in this game, and will only be hungrier to help his team over the finishing line.

With experience and form backing him, Shakib is an asset to the team with his all-round abilities and he will certainly have to be at his best if Bangladesh are to reach the semi-finals.

Shakib’s middle order partner in crime, Mushfiqur Rahim is another mainstay in the Bangladesh team who seems to be around for eternity.

In the first game against South Africa, it was Mushfiqur’s and Shakib’s 150+ stand that allowed Bangladesh to post a mammoth total on the board, their highest in the Cricket World Cup.

Mushfiqur Rahim Cricket World Cup 2019 Bangladesh Team
Mushfiqur Rahim

Even in the last match against Australia, Mushfiqur’s brilliant hundred almost saw them take the lead against Australia.

Another batsman who almost steered Bangladesh over the line against Australia is wily all-rounder, Mahmadullah Riyad.

A highly effective batsman lower down the order, he was responsible for inflicting pain on the South Africans in their first game when he catapulted Bangladesh to score 54 runs in three overs.

He has the knack of both stabilizing the innings when wickets have fallen quickly, while also possessing the ability to score big runs in the dying overs of the innings. These qualities make him invaluable to the Bangladesh team.

BOWLING ATTACK
The bowling department is led by captain Mashrafe Mortaza, who has now played in a remarkable five World Cups.

 Mashrafe Mortaza Bangladesh Cricket World Cup Team 2019
Mashrafe Mortaza
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Although he isn’t as effective as he was back in his youthful days, he nevertheless still possesses a plethora of experience and game intelligence which has been very impressive so far.

The fast bowlers duo of Mustafizur Rehman and Mohammad Saifuddin are the two bowlers who are entrusted with new ball duties.

Mustafizur Rahman Mohammad Saifuddin Cricket World Cup Bangladesh 2019
Mustafizur Rahman & Mohammad Saifuddin
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Mustafizur has been plying his trade around the world playing T20 cricket and has the experience of playing alongside the best players in the world. His experience will therefore be extremely vital, as will Mohammad Saifuddin’s.

The latter is able with both bat and ball in hand and he is the perfect foil for Mistafizur. Saifuddin mostly tries to economical and stifle batsmen for runs while Mustafizur tries to get capitalize and take wickets off of them. The duo works in tandem and has been fairly successful in this World Cup.

The lone spinner is Mehidy Hasan Miraj who is a decent off spinner but bowls a very good line and length which makes him harder to cut or hit over the top.

He is more of a damage mitigation bowler rather than an out and out wicket taker. Nevertheless, if Mehidy does his job well, it takes the pressure off the captain as well as the other bowlers.

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Mahmudullah Riyad
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Handy with both bat and ball, he partnered Mahmudullah against South Africa to score a massive 54 runs in just 18 balls. He will be a player to look out for.

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