Bangladesh stand-in T20 skipper Mahmudullah Riyad said on Tuesday that they plan to hone their ‘brand’ of T20 cricket against India in a key tri-series showdown which is scheduled to take place today.
The visitors staged a 215-run chase to defeat hosts Sri Lanka in their second match of the tournament, rebounding from a loss in their opener against India.
Mahmudullah, who was named captain after Shakib Al Hasan was ruled out of the tri-series due to injury, said they entered the series wanting “to create a Bangladesh brand of cricket”.
“I think the skills are there. We need to be smart to take that calculated risk,” he told reporters in Colombo, saying his side had to compensate for its lack of power hitters.
“Taking on a particular bowler who we think can be targeted, these sort of things we need to apply when we are playing.These things will give us that Bangladesh brand of T20 cricket.”
Mahmudullah urged his bowlers to learn from their Indian counterparts, who have utilised the batting-friendly conditions at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Bangladesh’s left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman has picked up five wickets in two matches but leaked close to 10 runs an over. Mahmudullah backed his strike paceman to come good in the remaining matches in conditions he believes are tough for bowlers.
“I think he is a great bowler for our team, he has been doing really well. It’s just the wicket that suits the batsman most,” said Mahmudullah.