Bangladesh V England, Women's World T20 Preview - Match 4
“Nothing is impossible,” stresses Jahanara Alam; Charlotte Edwards wants her team to adapt to the conditions quickly
16 March 2016 17:29
In her last five outings in T20 cricket, Taylor has scores of 35, 51, 60, 66 and 74 not out. In the form she is in, and as the team’s best player of spin, she would certainly be one of the key players in England’s World T20 campaign.
In the match between India Women and Bangladesh, the pitch at the same venue, although a batting paradise, seemed to take a bit of turn, allowing the likes of Poonam Yadav, Anuja Patil, Nahida Akter and Rumana Ahmed to take advantage.
It was clear, watching the training, that England knows how important the role of spin could be. In a net adjacent to Taylor’s, first Lydia Greenway and later Danielle Wyatt tried out different variations of the sweep – conventional, paddle, slog, reverse … they were all on display.
“The pitches have probably taken a bit more spin than we thought, but our seamers have been just as effective in these conditions,” said Charlotte Edwards, the England captain. “We've got great depth in our spin and pace department and we will pick the best five bowlers that we think will be best for the conditions. This competition is going to be about adapting to the conditions as quickly as possible and hopefully we'll look to do that come tomorrow.”
England played all three of its warm-up matches in Chennai, but although Bangladesh has had three matches to get used to the conditions on offer in Bangalore, the 2014 runner-up start as the clear favourite.
“We will be favourites tomorrow, and our rankings suggest that as well,” agreed Edwards. “We have played against Bangladesh only once and know they are a tough opposition and a good bowling and fielding outfit, but I guess (they are) probably lacking a bit with the bat. We saw that yesterday in their game against India, but they are not a team we will underestimate at all.”
Bangladesh, which looked somewhat overawed by the occasion in its opening encounter against India on Tuesday, will be looking to forget that performance and move on.
Jahanara Alam, its captain, reiterated that the day before the England match several times. “We want to forget everything and move forward,” said Alam, when asked if her team was overly nervous when it faced India on Tuesday. “We have the confidence to bounce back and are thinking only about playing England tomorrow.”
Alam’s team was comprehensively outplayed by the host, with all its three departments failing to fire. “We misfielded a lot, our bowlers bowled the wrong line and the batting line-up did not click. So we are looking to improve in all three departments against England and perform better,” said Alam. “We know that if we apply all we know — not to misfield, to bowl in the right channel, and to look to score off every ball and put away the loose delivery — things will work out. Nothing is impossible.”
Against England, it has to raise its game several notches if it wants to even challenge the former world champion.
“We just want to learn from our mistakes. Before every match, any team wants to win so we will go into the match with that attitude. England is a very good side, but we are not thinking about that. We are thinking simply about playing our game,” stressed Alam.
While Edwards wanted to use the match to adapt to the conditions, Bangladesh will want to put on an improved performance and try to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament. After all, ‘nothing is impossible’.
Bangladesh Women: Jahanara Alam (capt), Ayasha Rahman, Fahima Khatun, Fargana Hoque, Salma Khatum, Khadija Tul Khubra, Lata Mondal, Nahida Akter, Nigar Sultana (wk), Panna Ghosh, Ritu Moni, Rumana Ahmed, Sanjida Islam, Shaila Sharmin, Sharmin Akhter.
England Women: Charlotte Edwards (capt), Tammy Beaumont, Katherine Brunt, Georgia Elwiss, Natasha Farrant, Lydia Greenway, Rebecca Grundy, Jenny Gunn, Danielle Hazell, Amy Jones, Heather Knight, Natalie Sciver, Anya Shrubsole, Sarah Taylor (wk), Danielle Wyatt.