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Old June 12, 2017, 01:55 AM
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Default Bangladesh vs India Semi Final: Six ingredients for success

On 15th June, 2017 we face a familiar opposition, an opposition that knows our strengths and weaknesses fully and an adversary that is stronger in every cricketing department compared to the Tigers. With the batting firepower, bowling variety and ICC tournament winning experience combined, no rational cricket fan would dare to write-off India as the tournament favorites and potential champions. So the big question is what must the Tigers do to try and beat India in the upcoming semifinal game? Is there a chink in the formidable armor that we can hope to exploit? Here are the six vital areas that could change the outcome in our favor as the underdogs:

Win the toss and bowl
If there is one aspect where India is invincible it is when they are chasing. The Indian batting lineup is so good that it creates pressure on any other team batting first to force the pace. As SA found out, trying to force the pace also plays right into the hands of the very intelligent and economical Indian bowling lineup. Mash must win the toss and take India’s chasing capability out of the equation.

Mental preparation to chase down scores above 300

If we look at India’s performances, their batting is simply a run making machine. It does not matter if Kohli or Yuvraj score a duck, this team just knows how to compile 300 plus totals like bread and butter. What the Tigers must do first of all is to have self-belief even if our bowling gets outclassed at the half way mark. They must take heart from Sri Lanka in this tournament and also look back at their 340 runs innings during the practice matches in Ireland. With the twin centuries by Ryad and Shakib and the centuries scored by Tamim earlier and the run a ball 70 by Mushfiq against England, the tigers are in the batting form of their lives as a unit. If we can score 266 even after going 4 down for 30 runs, we can definitely chase 300 and beyond if it comes down to it. Dear Tigers, you need to BELIEVE!

Target Rohit and break the opening partnership early at all cost
In this tournament India’s strategy has been quite obvious. They go slow at the beginning without losing a wicket and then launch into an attack after the 1st power play overs. The key for the Tigers is not to get into a false sense of security if the Indians go slowly at the start. Our opening bowlers should not make the mistake of bowling for containment but rather go hard at the openers searching for wickets. We must set attacking fields so that edges do not fall into vacant slip areas and keep the mid-off and mid-on up so that both the openers are forced go over the inner ring for any scoring opportunities. Mashrafi as captain must be prepared to get early wickets within the first power play even if it means conceding some boundaries.

Rohit Sharma seems to be the one that can be put under pressure, and perhaps the only guy who can lapse into an error in judgement. We need to disrupt India’s initial gameplan and force Rohit into a false stroke. Mustafiz has got the better of Rohit in the past by getting him to drive through cover.

Set good plans for the 5th bowler and the death overs
What worked with NZ will definitely not work with India. If we gamble bowling Mosaddek during the death overs India will punish us badly and take the game away. We must stick to our specialist bowlers throughout the 50 overs and pick 5 specialist bowlers. The Indians eat part-time spin for breakfast and they will love the opportunity to milk the runs and set a platform if Mash goes to somebody like Ryad and Mosaddek during the middle overs. Our options need to be Fizz and Mash at the start, Taskin and Rubel as first change. Shakib and Mash in the middle to control the innings where Mash completes his quota. Then Rubel and Fizz at the death. We cannot risk bowling either Taskin or Mash at the death and we must not also risk Shakib at the death against all the Indian left handers.

Fielding and Field Placements
We cannot afford to drop any of the top 7 Indian batsman. These guys are hard to get out as it is and dropped chances will make our mission exponentially difficult. The captaincy from Mash was excellent vs NZ. The run-out of Kane Williamson while he was batting with Taylor came about because of the pressure we built during the middle overs with men inside the ring and the tight lines. We must look to do the same even at the expense of a few boundaries. Mash must remember that the only way to stop the Indian batting is to keep taking wickets at regular intervals. If the Indians get to the 40th over with only 2-3 wickets down, then no bowling attack in the world can stop them from the demolition to follow. We must do the damage early and in the middle overs to stay in the game.

Youngsters must lead the way
We have come a long way in the last 3 years. We beat teams above us in the rankings at home and we have also managed to win away from home. We were able to do this primarily due to our core group of experienced players Shakib, Tamim, Ryad Mushfiq and Mashrafi. However, as good as they are right now, they do carry the mental baggage of the past when we would lose crunch games from winning positions. If the pressure mounts on the senior players, they might all instinctively go on the defensive and lose the battle mentally. This is where we need the younger players, who came into this side during our rise, to really step up. We need these guys to play their shots with freedom and aggression. Soumya and Shabbir need to target the Indian medium pacers as if there is no tomorrow, disrupt the rhythm of Umesh Ashwin and co, and try to take control of the Indian bowling. The duo needs to watch closely what Gunathilaka did for Sri Lanka not even a week ago.

In conclusion
The Tigers go into this game on the back of one of the best comebacks in our history and that should hopefully provide enough confidence to take on India. Remember that we were a single run away from victory in the T-20 WC against them. Just like in that game, if the pressure mounts, the Indians will have calmer heads and the experience to deal with it. This is where we will need the younger guys like Soumya, Shabbir and Mosaddek to soak up the pressure away from Tamim, Shakib and Mushy and script their own story of heroics. Nobody expected Sri Lanka to win the WC in 1996 or Pakistan to win in 1992 but they did with some stellar individual performances at key times and with a dosage of luck. Although we do not have somebody as skillful as a Ranatunga or an Imran Khan, we do have our own hero, the old warhorse Mash, who keeps defying career threatening injuries and fight for us. The rest of the guys do not need to look at any other individual for inspiration and passion. With Mashrafi in charge we have the best captain in our history in charge of the best team we ever had. Come 15th, let us go out there and make history!

All the best Tigers!
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Old June 12, 2017, 02:39 AM
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Good points, a few more things I want to add is that

1) Fizz should not bowl in the beginning, 2 overs at most, he is effective in the last 20 overs and we want him there. Remember India are going to launch a serious punch and Fizz will be the deciding factor

2) Mushy needs to bat at 3 so that Sabbir can bat at 7 and provide firepower. If needed Mosaddek will bat at 6, Riad at 4 and Shakib at 5 isn't the worst thing in the world. We need muscle down the order.

3) When Jadeja and Ashwin operates in the last 15 overs, we might try the gamble of bringing in Mashrafe. We know he is a useful pinch hitter against spinners but not so much against pace.
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Old June 12, 2017, 02:55 AM
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Excellent read, hope BD boys take a note from this writing.

1. I want Walsh to have precise bowling plan against Indians, and have couple of bowling session practice until we take on Indians.

2. Similarly, Samaravira and Haturi needs to plan A, B for batsman and have some real practice session of batting on this regard. Breakdown of 50 overs batting 1st and chasing as well.

3. Samaravira must have to work with tail ender batsman, we definitely need some contribution from them in this game.

4. Indian fielding is very tight, dont get panic when singles are not there and commit run outs.
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Old June 12, 2017, 03:08 AM
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Marvelous writing. I have nothing to add really. This is very concise. If only Mash could read it.
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Old June 12, 2017, 03:16 AM
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What an awesome read! Thanks Jaduokor bhai, I wanted to write something along these lines too but you captured whatever I wanted to write and much more!! As I did with England, can someone bring the dismissal summary of each and every Indian batsman so we can find their weaknesses?

Again, one word Tigers... Believe!
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Old June 12, 2017, 03:41 AM
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Just a small point: we all know that Mushfiqur #3 is not happening. I don't think he is fully comfortable even with batting at #4, alongside keeping.
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Old June 12, 2017, 03:49 AM
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Don't think you can change much in a few days on technique. Only you can change is the mind set and structure of the team really.
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Old June 12, 2017, 08:25 AM
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Their only weakness is 5th bowler Pandya. We need to attack him from the word go.
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Old June 12, 2017, 11:13 AM
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Prayers.

Lots of prayers.
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Old June 12, 2017, 11:18 AM
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Roofies.

Lots of roofies.
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Old June 12, 2017, 11:33 AM
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Prayers.

Lots of prayers.
You misspelled "India". Shame, shame.
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Old June 12, 2017, 12:48 PM
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lots of tahajjuds we need i say
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Old June 12, 2017, 01:08 PM
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Just a small point: we all know that Mushfiqur #3 is not happening. I don't think he is fully comfortable even with batting at #4, alongside keeping.
Why is he in the team then? haha
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Why is he in the team then? haha
so that we can laugh at your idiotic rants. haha indeed.
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Old June 12, 2017, 01:47 PM
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- All batsmen must study Indian bowlers - particularly Buvi and Bumrah. Analyze how they get their wickets, how do they execute their variations. For example, Buvi's knuckle bowl, Bumra's yorkers. Utilize the extra day to familiarize with their methods. What do they do when a batsmen come down the wicket ? How do they react when somebody gives himself room ? How do they generally bowl with the new ball where there is no pressure ? Such preparations are often unspoken, but absolutely critical for success.

- It is very obvious, at least to me, that both Soumya and Sabbir will be attacked with the short pitch bowling. Indians have used this plan every match since the 2015 world cup encounter. They feel that these two top order batsmen in particular have a bit of weakness against short bowling. Both of them should be aware of it and have plans to handle it. Do you guys want to go for pulls and hooks ? Do you want to just duck if it is too short and tuck behind square if you can get on top of it ? Or, do you also want to play it over the wicket keepers head ? Whatever option you want to try, please practice it hard. If Taskin is too tired to give you enough short bowls, please have Shafiul bowl from 18 yards.

- Dear mashrafee - Please have a slip for every new batsman when he first arrives at the wicket. It will cost us badly if we go for the short-term benefit of couple of slow overs and allow them to get settled.

- Study the dimension of the field. Is one side large than other ? Is straight boundaries longer than the squares ? How is the wind, in general ? Plan about the end that would be best for Shakib to operate. What would be the best end for Taskin to bowl those nasty bouncers. For batting, anticipate which end Jadeja and Panda will be bowling ? What is the best area to clear them for six ? Is it down the wicket ? or is it midwicket ?
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Old June 12, 2017, 01:58 PM
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Good points, but before having the "mentality of chasing 300+ " we should have the mentality of not letting them score 300+ , so far many teams have collapsed while trying to score 300+,for example AUS,SA,NZ,SRL.
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Amamr khali ektai abdar.... just win the game.... we will talk about the maal moshoola of success later.
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Old June 12, 2017, 02:11 PM
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Nice read

Do your homework but don't overdo it, it may backfire, too much preparation often ruins the exam, be free spirited during the game, don't get hyper excited just because this is India, we are the master of pressure games so try not to create extra pressure by yourselves.

And yes the most important thing, keep Mushfiqur away from his computer.

I hope you don't mind me saying that as an Indian I want all your plans and strategies to fail miserably.
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Really well written.

Thing I want to reiterate. I think WW said it. "Just enjoy." Yeah no biggie, no big deal should we lose. Don't be pressurized to overperform as Roy pointed out.

Also, know everyone has breaking point. Even India can collapse under pressure if right force is applied. Know this same India lost to us at home, lost to Sri Lanka recently and even has trigger points about 2007.

We have to really really focus on cutting down singles and bowling as many dots in middle overs and apply right pressure. We are kinda good at the basics. Wickets may not always come but when we defended low total, sub-200 or 220ish against NZ before, we applied those skills.

Good luck and ATB (All the Best).
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I've heard the Bharat Army fan group has ordered a large number of life-size Stuart Binny posters.
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Chose your pill. Batting second:
Mustafizur Rahman 9.2 - 1 - 50 - 5 - 5.35
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Batting first

Mustafizur Rahman 10 -1 - 43 - 6 - 4.3








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Best advise i can give to the players is keep calm and enjoy the match . Nothing to loose let the guys enjoy this match.
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Old June 12, 2017, 04:23 PM
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Chose your pill. Batting second:
Mustafizur Rahman 9.2 - 1 - 50 - 5 - 5.35
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Batting first

Mustafizur Rahman 10 -1 - 43 - 6 - 4.3








Buddy, Fizz can bowl 10 maidens and we can comfortably score whatever we need in 40 overs. He ain't getting anyone out unless they are playing a forcing shot against that well disguised cutter. May pick up a wicket here and there, maybe.

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Old June 12, 2017, 04:28 PM
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Marvelous writing. I have nothing to add really. This is very concise. If only Mash could read it.
Most of the things layout above.


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Best advise i can give to the players is keep calm and enjoy the match . Nothing to loose let the guys enjoy this match.
No pressure just play the game.
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Chose your pill. Batting second:
Mustafizur Rahman 9.2 - 1 - 50 - 5 - 5.35
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Batting first

Mustafizur Rahman 10 -1 - 43 - 6 - 4.3








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