Novice Bangladesh Men’s Cricket Team Against the Mighty United States

In an astounding cricket match, the experienced Bangladeshi T20 squad faced the United States, an associate member of ICC, and surprisingly, ended up being the losing side. Considering the difference in experience and reputation in international cricket, an easy win for Bangladesh was on the cards. However, the match result astonished the fans and cricket experts, as Bangladesh failed to secure a win, which was expected to be an easy one, against this novice side just before the beginning of the T20 World Cup 2024.

Being a test-playing nation, Bangladesh has shown its capability and resiliency in many occasions previously to build quite a high brand value in the cricketing world. However, the USA is not at all comparable with Bangladesh in terms of strength, variations, and bowling strengths. This poor defeat will raise a question about the possibility of Bangladesh performing as expected in the upcoming T20 World Cup!

Pre-Match Desires

No Bangladeshi cricket fan had imagined such a thing as this team entered the competition with great hope and confidence. The Bangladesh Men’s team is positioned higher, with a wealthier history in world cricket, and therefore, was seemed comfortable for an easy triumph before the match. It was also discussed in different media that playing against weaker sides like Zimbabwe and, the USA before the World Cup might give fake confidence to the players as victory with a large margin was assumed and then this is the result in the very first game of the series!

Apart from the 5-wicket defeat with the USA, Bangladesh’s cricketing Journey has been going through too many ups and downs for the past few years. Yet, they have maintained the 9th position in the T20 ranking where the USA is in 19th which clearly indicates that Bangladesh is at least a middle-tired team, whereas the USA is still finding its feet in international cricket. In fact, the USA had no record of defeating a test-playing country in any format before this match.

The Shocking Turn of Events

Early on, Bangladesh’s batting lineup wavered, with top-order batsmen falling to the American bowling attack. Frequent failure of batters like Liton, Shanto once again stumbled the opening of the Bangladesh batting innings. Besides, vital bowlers like Mustafiz, and Shakib were not able to perform as expected. On the other hand, the United States capitalized their resources and home condition which helped them turn the tide in their favor.

Ban vs USA: Match Stats

The United States won the toss and invited the visiting team to bat first.

Bangladesh

  • 153/6 in 20 overs.
  • Towhid Hridoy scored 58 of 47 bowls.
  • Steven Taylor took 2 wickets spending only 9 runs in 3 overs.

United States

  • 156/5 in 19.3 overs.
  • Won the match with 3 balls left.
  • Mustafizur Rahman took 2 wickets spending 41 runs in his 4 overs.

Player of the Match

Harmeet Singh became the Man of The Match for his all-round performance of 0/27 in 4 overs and the vital cameo of 33 in just 13 balls in the back end of the US reply.

Well, it is already known that the USA has built its team with some quality cricketers from India, Pakistan, New Zealand, and other reputed cricket-playing nations. It is also true that Bangladesh couldn’t do proper homework on the USA team, the condition was new as well. However, these are excuses that should not exist if Bangladesh is truly looking to establish itself as a professional and powerful cricketing nation in the world arena.

Fan Responses

After this unexpected result, the response from Bangladeshi fans was quick and Mixed. Social media buzzed with incredulity and dissatisfaction. Numerous fans, who had expected a comfortable victory, expressed their disappointment and pity over the poor show. Some fans made troll posts as an expression of their frustration too.

As the result is this much unexpected, some fans trolled saying that Bangladesh might have lost intentionally to get a visa of the USA! Some said, as USA has a better economy, they are surely more developed than Bangladesh and therefore, the win of USA is no surprise! However, some constructive criticisms were also observed where fans complained about Liton, and Shanto for frequent poor performance and Mustafiz for failing to defend in death overs.   

Analyzing the Execution

When the fans became so disheartened by this performance, it was the task of Bangladesh team management to analyze the real reason behind this performance. Exhibitions on both sides highlighted the difference in planning and execution. For Bangladesh, key players failed to meet expectations. Opener Litton Das fell early, setting a destitute tone once again this year. In the middle order, except Mahmudullah, no batter could support Towhid Hridoy to put a good total for the team. Shakib’s runout was also markable for this low total considering the modern-day T20 standard where 180+ is a regular score. However, if Jaker Ali and Towhid Hridoy failed to take 17 runs in the last over, even this score was not possible.

On the contrary, the USA showed such amazing performances which were not anticipated earlier. Harmeet Singh, the under-19 cricketer of India has shown some brilliance with both bat and bowl. Korey Anderson, remained his performances in his peak time in international cricket when he played for New Zealand. Apart from that Nitish Kumar’s fiery performances, especially in Shakib’s over eased the path for the USA to reach the target. Once they needed 50 runs off 20 balls which seemed a mammoth task against the Bangladesh bowling unit; yet they did it comfortably keeping 3 balls in hand.

Is this Shanto’s captaincy?

Apart from these poor individual performances, questions have been raised about Shanto’s leadership and his capacity to spur the group. This is to mention that Nazmul Hossain Shanto has been announced as all three-format captain of Bangladesh by BCB which created controversies previously. However, his own execution as a T20 player is disappointing too as a 109.83 strike rate with below 25 batting average after playing 36 matches does not indicate a decent stat at all!

World-Cup-Squad-BD

Talking about Shanto’s most recent form, he has played 4 T20 matches in 2024 where he failed to make a two-digit score yet! How can he inspire other cricketers when he is not performing according to his ability? Besides, his on-field decisions are not convincing enough to work in crucial moments. The bowling changes he made during the second innings are being criticized too.

However, this is not the time to change the captain as the World Cup is knocking at the door. Considering this, the team management must find a way out to support him to be confident enough and limit mistakes to the minimum.  

Conclusion

For the USA, it could be a remarkable triumph, boosting their certainty and standing in international cricket. For Bangladesh, the loss may be a wake-up call, highlighting the critical requirement for contemplation and enhancement. The amusing twist of experienced Bangladesh showing up as amateurs against the USA may be a stark update for world cricket as this is not just the inefficiency of Bangladesh but rather a show of the USA’s cricketing strength and their possibility to come up as a new hero in big stages.

Bangladesh does not have anyway not to look back. They must fight back with the available resources and prepare for the T20 World Cup which is going to start from June 2, 2024. No matter how bad things are, Bangladeshi fans have shown their patience and enthusiasm towards their loving team generations after generations! Now, let’s see what the team has kept for the fans in the upcoming matches.   

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