Sunday, 25 February 2007

Bangladesh Started the World Cup Warm Up With a Bang

Bangladesh crushed Bermuda in the opening match of the ICC tri series at Antigua Recreation ground as part of their world cup preparation.

I have to admit that Bangladesh made their best possible start to build the momentum ahead of the World Cup. Bowlers needed time to settle in, they got that time. Batsmen needed to show the difference in class and they did that quite well. Fielders were up to the task.

After restricting Bermuda to a modest 205/8 in 50 overs, Bangladesh reached the target in just 37.3 overs. Shahriar Nafees remained not out with 104 runs in 112 balls, Sakib Al Hasan supported him well with a patient 42 runs. Aftab Ahmed produced a blistering display of 42 runs in 27 balls.

Bangladesh's only weak point in the match was the below par bowling. Apart from Rafiq, Rasel and Razzak other failed miserably to dominate the weak Bermuda batting line up. First choice opening bowlers Mashrafee Mortaza and Shahadat Hossain were absent due to minor injury. They should be fit before final clash on 28th February against Canada.

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