After consecutive batting failures against Ireland and the West Indies, Bangladesh are determined to get things in order against England on Friday. The hosts need to win at least two of their three remaining matches against England, the Netherlands and South Africa for a chance to qualify for the last-eight stage.
So, for probably the first time at the nets session, on Monday, a rather unusual scene was visible. Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique and Mushfiqur Rahim were seen leaving a lot of deliveries outside off-stump. Coach Jamie Siddons had placed two extra stumps on either side for left and right-handers for the line of deliveries to leave.
Bangladesh had gone into the World Cup banking on Tamim Iqbal to do the early damage and Kayes, Siddique and Rahim to play consolidating roles. That did not happen even after Bangladesh were off to a flier against Ireland. Every time Tamim gets out, there is a collapse of sorts.
"Imrul and Imrose (Siddique's pet name) are the two players expected to play a consolidating role around Tamim. Mushfiq batting at No. 4 has the same role. He has done it in our Premiere League. Imrose has been playing a lot of shots. That's not his role in the team," Siddons told HT.
"Tamim is one of our key players and needs to give us a good start. He is determined and confident of doing that. He likes playing against England," Siddons added referring to his 125 against England in Dhaka last year.
Homeboy Tamim sounded very confident too. "It's very big for me and Chittagong too. I hope we will make history here. One good game will change the whole scenario, and you will see a different Bangladesh team," the left-hander said.
"There is no extra pressure. I need to perform in every game. That is my goal. But it's not that the team relies on me only. Someone like Mushfiq and Raqibul (Hasan) didn't have a great game, but I am sure they are capable of making big scores. I am sure they will do it against England," Tamim said.