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Bangladesh trying to find the perfect game for summit clash - Domingo

23 Sep 2019 CricBuzz

Russell Domingo, the Bangladesh head coach, said that his side is still searching for the 'perfect game' ahead of the tri-series final versus Afghanistan in Dhaka on Tuesday (September 24).

The home side, however, will take confidence from their four-wicket victory over Afghanistan in the last game of the round-robin phase. "We haven't played the perfect game of cricket yet," Domingo told reporters. "We have been good in certain areas and average in certain areas. We are still trying to find the perfect game.

"We haven't got to the last five or six overs with only two or three wickets down. We lose too many wickets in the first 10 overs. We have to get to the 15th over with two wickets down, so that we have a platform for the last five overs," he added.

Domingo admitted that Afghanistan have a good side, with a string of spinners in their ranks to cause problems on slow turners of Bangladesh. However, he added that if Bangladesh play to their potential, they can surprise their formidable opponents.

"We know that Afghanistan are a good side but if we play to our potential, we can beat anybody. It won't be a surprise for us if we play to our potential. The challenge for us is to get our skills and mindset in place to beat teams like Afghanistan," he observed.

For the summit clash, Bangladesh would be most likely without the services of their batting all rounder, Aminul Islam. Aminul, who had a promising T20I debut versus Zimbabwe, was hit on his finger by a forceful shot from Hamilton Masakadza. According to Bangladesh's backroom staff, he was also hit on the same finger during the High Performance Unit series against Sri Lanka on August 27.

"He [Aminul] has got two or three stitches in his left hand, not his bowling hand. But as a coach, I am very reluctant to go into games with a guy who has some sort of an injury. There can be a tough catch, or if he tries to stop the first ball off his own bowling and the stitches come off again? I always like to play with 100% fit players. I can't see him playing with stitches in his hand."

Domingo also noted that Mushfiqur Rahim is set to remain as the wicketkeeper despite making a few errors during the course of the tri-series. "Mushy has missed one or two balls. I am generally happy with him behind the stumps. He has good energy and he is a senior player and offers the captain suggestions from behind the stumps.

"Liton is a fantastic fielder... better than Mushi. For me, it is important to have a better fielder. Those five or six runs... fielders like Liton, Afif and Shanto can save is very important in the short format. It is one of the reasons [Liton is not 'keeping] because he is a good fielder," he said.

Domingo also reckoned that they will add another pace bowler to the 12-member squad, considering that the pacers bowled well versus Afghanistan. The head coach also wants to look ahead to the World T20 in Australia, which would be played on tracks with more pace and bounce.

"I think we are going to add a fourth seamer to our 12 and make a decision tomorrow, looking at the wicket. It is an area we can exploit if there's more pace and bounce. But [playing four pace bowlers] is definitely something that we can consider.

"It is not a Bangladesh way of doing things. My thinking is where we are going to play the World Cup in a year's time. We are playing in Australia and I can't see us playing one or two seamers there. We have to play at least three or four fast bowlers in Australia. Winning now is important, but we also have to think of what is in the best interests of the team going forward. It is a fine line to balance it."

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