Windies and Bangladesh will lock horns on Monday for the fourth time in a month or so. The Tigers defeated them three times including the final in the tri-series in Ireland but the World Cup pressure would be completely different. Moreover, the Caribbean side playing the tournament is different as well and won’t carry any baggage of the recent losses. Also, both the teams are desperate for victory having lost their way after starting the World Cup on a high. In the meanwhile, Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal is preparing hard for the short ball challenge.
The Windies fast bowlers, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell and Andre Russell have opted to bowl the short deliveries quite often in this tournament thus far and they have been successful as well. Ahead of the game in Taunton, Tamim stated that they are well aware that West Indies will come up with the short ball tactic that they have employed thus far. However, he added they must make sure not to lose the opportunity of punishing the bad balls that will also be provided by them on at regular intervals.
There’ll be opportunities to score runs
"We normally try to simulate in the nets what our opponents are likely to do. They usually target us with the short ball but they do the same against all sides in the first ten to 15 overs. They also give run-scoring opportunities. We have to prepare for both, that's why we are working hard in practice,” quoted Tamim Iqbal.
"We want to make sure it is not a surprise for us. We have an idea about their batsmen and bowlers, but I have noticed their different planning in the World Cup. It is not the same thing that we faced in Ireland or West Indies. They are focusing heavily on the short ball, but if you handle it well, there'll be opportunities to score runs,” he added.
The veteran opener also mentioned that he was confident of getting back to form. In the three completed matches that Bangladesh have played in so far, Tamim has scores of 16, 24 and 19 - showing that he is getting himself off to a start, but not capitalizing on the same.
"In the last three matches I started to play what was required in the first five to seven overs but somehow when everything was under control, I gave away my wickets and that was disappointing because usually it does not happen. I am hopeful if I can get a good start I will be able to do well," he concluded.