Bangladesh cricket team’s captain Shakib al Hasan believes Tigers missed the chance of restricting Afghanistan for a lowly total after a good start and admitted conceding extra runs cost them in the end heavily.
Afghanistan were 41 for 4 after 6 overs but their experienced duo Mohammad Nabi (84) and Asghar Afghan batted with aggression and elegance that helped them post a challenging 164 runs on the board.
“We started well as we picked four wickets in first power play and conceded only 60 runs in first 10 overs. But we could not manage to keep that good start as Afghanistan scored 104 runs in last 10 overs, more than 10 per over. So it was a bit frustrating for us,” Shakib said to media during the post match on Sunday.
Bangladesh spinner Taijul Islam made a serious blunder in the first ball of 15th over as he overstepped in his bowling stride and Asghar got a reprieve despite caught at deep. Afghanistan were 93/4 at that stage and they not only picked up 17 runs in that over but also got a great momentum that saw them scoring 71 runs in last six overs.
“Credit goes to Afghanistan as the way they handled the situation was brilliant and scored quick runs in the end. From our end, we did not take enough wickets in the last few overs. Probably that No ball bowled by Taijul cost us a little bit as we conceded 17 runs in that over. That wicket in that period could have change the momentum for us. Beside that we gave too many extra runs, probably we gave 15-16 run extra that also proved costly for us,” he added.
Surprisingly Bangladesh sent Mushfiqur Rahim to open the innings instead of Soumya Sarker. But Mushfiq could score only four and got out trying to play a scoop shot in the second over of the innings. Shakib informed it was a team decision to send Mushfiq in opening slot considering his experience and regular openers’ off-form.
“Bringing Mushfiqur Rahim in the opening was a team decision. The main reason was to bring more experienced batsman in the opening slot as our opening batting in recent times are not scoring big runs. AS senior players we need to step up so that why we chose Mushfiq to open the innings against Afghanistan,”
“We have still two games in our hand. As Zimbabwe lost two games so the situation is tougher for them. But we definitely want to improve our performance in next two games and qualify for the final. Two teams out of three will play the final so we should play the final and I believe definitely we have that capability,” Shakib concluded.
Bangladesh will play against Zimbabwe in their next game at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium of Chittagong on Wednesday.