Bangla look to counter Ajmal threat

Bangl­adesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said feedback from former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq will help counter Saeed Ajmal in their do-or-die clash against Pakistan on Tuesday.

Bangladesh need a big win over the 2009 champions in their final Group D match to advance to the Super Eights round but Ajmal’s danger looms large after the off-spinner took 4-30 in Pakistan’s 13-run win over New Zealand on Sunday.

New Zealand, who have already qualified for Super Eights, beat Bangladesh by 59 runs in the opening group match. The top two teams from the group qualify for the Super Eights.

Saqlain regarded as the inventor of “doosra” -- off-spinner’s stock delivery which turns the other way and is mastered by Ajmal -- is currently serving as Bangladesh’s bowling coach.

“Ajmal is a world class bowler but we have taken help from Saqlain who is very experienced but we have to execute our plans on the field and it’s a do-or-die match for us but Pakistan is not unbeatable if we play well,” said Rahim.

Ajmal is the leading wicket taker in Twenty20 Internationals with 64 and his wicket taking ability poses a real challenge for Bangladesh, who have lost all their five matches in this shortest format against Pakistan.

“Playing Pakistan is a big challenge because their bowling is good but we want to put up our best to qualify for the next round,” said Rahim.

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