Bangladesh was asked to bat first after its captain Shakib Al Hasan Hasan lost the all important toss against Netherlands in their opening game of the T20 World Cup today(October 24) at the Bellerive Oval in Tasmania.
Netherlands captain Scott Edwards felt that the chasing team will do well here and hence he didn’t hesitate to send Bangladesh to bat first, reports BSS.
“We'll bowl first. We've seen the teams do well chasing and the weather will help us with that as well. Now it is about competing and getting a few wins,” he said after the toss.
Shakib Al Hasan however was not too bothered to bat first as he said the preparation in New Zealand will come handy here even though the Tigers lost all of the match there in the tri-nation series.
“We've got here late but we've had good preparation in New Zealand. Our fast bowling group has been doing really well, they have improved a lot,” said Shakib.
“Apart from my performance, how I guide the team will be really important since we've got many youngsters in this team.”
He also revealed that allrounder Mehidy Miraz and fast bowlers Shoriful Islam and Ebadot Hossain were included in the first XI for this match.
Bangladesh: Soumya Sarkar, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (captain) Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan Sohan (wk), Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman and Hasan Mahmud.
Netherlands: Max ODowd, Vikramjit Singh, Bas de Leede, Colin Ackermann, Tom Cooper, Scott Edwards(w/c), Tim Pringle, Logan van Beek, Shariz Ahmad, Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren.