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Old May 29, 2019, 07:27 AM
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Observations from warm up matches:

1. On slow and low tracks, BD is a beast in ODI cricket, but unfortunately on high scoring pitches, we become paper tiger on most occasions
We played well in the last world cup in Australia. I would say it was a brilliant effort to beat NZ in champions trophy in England as well. In general, the current BD team is competitive outside of Bangladesh against teams closer to our rankings. We beat West Indies in WI not too long ago. Against the top 3, they have superior players in every position and that is why we can only win if those 3 teams fumble and we play well.

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2. Shakib so far has done well as No 3 against WI, SL, and other lower ranked teams. In this WC, he will be truly tested in this position. No 3 is a position for a pure specialist, not for an allrounder, and I am therefore skeptical about Shakib's performance at no 3. I personally prefer Tamim-Liton followed by Soumya.
Shakib is a good player of both pace and spin and therefore should not have problem scoring runs at number 3. Any batsman would fail early on if they get an outstanding delivery such as the one he got from Bumrah. However, I agree that based on the current form both Liton and Soumya needs to be in the side. They can both score runs quickly in a big chase which will ease pressure on the middle order.

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3. I still believe that the selection of Mithun and Shabbir was a mistake. We should have had Imrul and Yasir Ali in the squad instead. After NZ tour, Shabbir has not yet performed.
Both Mithun and Shabbir performed given the limited chances they got. We will need the supporting act of Shabbir, Mosaddek, Mithun, SS, and Liton to fire if we are to beat 6 teams in the tournament. The coach and Mash backed Mosaddek and he did win us the final in the last tournament. I trust their judgment on Yasir Ali because they would have seen him up close with the squad

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4. As I had predicted, high scoring pitches will give advantage to the team batting first. No matter how good your batting is, more often than not, you will be unable to chase down the target once you concede 350+ runs.
Pakistan scored 358 and still lost against England. Bottom line is the opposition. If it is England, Australia and India there is no escape. If they bat first they will bat us out of the game, if we bat first they will chase it down. Against sides closer to our ranking on flat pitches, it is better to play to our strength which is our batting. With SS Liton Tamim, Mushy, Shak, Ryad we have a batting lineup as good as we ever had.

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5. High scoring pitches give advantage to these lower ranked teams: WI and Pakistan. And it puts in a disadvantageous situation to teams like BD, SL, and AFG.
WI is a dangerous team because they have power-hitters that can turn things around from any position. However, the amount of control we showed in the warm-up against India until the 22nd over, if we do that to Sri Lanka, Pak, Afghanistan, etc.. they will crack under pressure. Against the top 3, it is a different story.

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6. From warm up matches, Australia looks like the most balanced team. They have a great opener in Warner, a solid no 3 and solid player of spin in Khawaja, a superb middle order batsman in Smith, a great finisher in Maxwell, great fast bowlers, and a great spin duo in Zampa and Lyon. India has equally excellent squad, but I keep Australia to be the most favorite to win the cup because (1) they are peaking at the right time (2) they always bring their best game at WC without fail. England is no 3 to win the WC in my list because of their weaker bowling.
England has Archer. This guy looks amazing and I believe he will win them crucial games in this WC

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7. Dark horses of this WC will be WI or NZ.
most likely. However, i hope we beat SA first game and take that title on to ourselves
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