Bangladesh’s Bashar still searching for right mix

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, April 3, 2007 (AFP) – Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar said his side had still to find the right approach to building a score after their nine-wicket World Cup Super Eights defeat against New Zealand.

“Whoever wins the World Cup this time will have to work very hard.” During their 10-wicket reverse in their second round opener against world champions Australia, Bangladesh collapsed to 65 for five on the way to a total of 104 for six in a match reduced by rain to 22 overs per side.

However, against New Zealand, Bangladesh enjoyed an opening stand of 55
Tamim Iqbal made 29 and Javed Omar, in for the out-of-form Shahriar Nafees, 22. But on a good pitch their runs came at a sedate pace of under four an over.

And after they exited, Bangladesh collapsed to 174 all out at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s match against South Africa, another major power, Bashar said his largely youthful side needed to strike a balance between their natural attacking instincts and excessive caution.

“The team plan is not to lose too many early wickets to the new ball,” Bashar told reporters after New Zealand had won with more than 20 overs to spare here Monday.