Having suffered a six-run defeat at the hands of Scotland in their opening encounter of the 2021 T20 World Cup, Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said he will try different types of batters in the middle overs and wants his top-order to play with a lot more intent in the powerplay.
"I am always a fan of having a left-hander and a right-hander in the wicket. We want to have different types of batters batting at the same time, not similar types of players. We have discussed it in depth. There might not be major changes, but there might be one or two tweaks in the line-up," said Domingo ahead of Bangladesh's next game against Oman on Tuesday (October 19).
"As you have seen in the series against Australia and New Zealand, we have been flexible. It will depend on the situation and the bowlers that are bowling at the time."
Chasing 141, Bangladesh lost both their openers inside six overs and could only score 25 runs. Not a single batter from Bangladesh’s top-five could operate at a strike rate of more than 105.56. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals and never managed to put enough pressure on Scotland.
"If you get 35-45 in the first six, it allows you to launch at the backend. We have to address the powerplay a bit better now. We have made a few mistakes, played shots we shouldn't have played, stopped playing those shots we should be playing. So we have to find the right balance between attack and defence in the first six overs," he said, suggesting Bangladesh might bring in Mohammad Naim in place of Soumya Sarkar.
Domingo said Bangladesh didn’t take Scotland lightly and will give their best against Oman. "We didn't take Scotland lightly. They beat Bangladesh in their last T20I encounter. There was no complacency in yesterday's game. We have to show Oman great respect. They are confident. They are playing at home. They have come off a good win. But we can't focus on them. We have to focus on our particular performance, skills and goals.
"There's always massive pressure in World Cups, particularly for a cricket-loving nation like Bangladesh. Every performance is scrutinised, every mistake gets magnified, so players are under pressure. But that's why they play for their country. They have to embrace that pressure, and hopefully it brings the best out of the boys."