Bangladesh would probably still be kicking themselves after losing their opening match of Group 1 to Sri Lanka despite posting a more than decent total of 171-4.
It’s pretty clear what happened to them. Their batters did their job but the bowlers faltered. Sri Lankan batting is more economy class than world-class, and so a target of 172 should have been defendable.
And it seemed it would when the Tigers got rid of Kusal Perera in the opening over but then Sri Lankan batters were allowed to take over as Mahmudullah and Co struggled to contain the flow of runs, which eventually saw the Lankans track down the target with more than an over to spare.
The defeat means that Bangladesh are now second-last on the points table of Group 1, above only the West Indies. A second defeat would deal a tremendous blow to their progression chances.
England arrived in the UAE for their T20 World Cup campaign on the back of little format-specific practice but their supposed ring rust was nowhere to be found as they pummeled West Indies in their opener.
Their entire bowling unit was on fire as they allowed the defending champions just 55 runs. Adil Rashid was the pick of the English bowlers as he claimed four Windies wickets, most of them from the lower order but impressive nonetheless.
In the brief run chase, they lost four wickets, which was more than they would have wanted, but they got the job done.
The nature of their win said a lot about their bowling but the batters did not get to show much. We will find that out in this game.