‘Confusion highlights Tigers’ 2nd T20’

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30th March, 2021 10:32:56 printer

‘Confusion highlights Tigers’ 2nd T20’

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo pointed his finger on the DLS method in the second T20 match against New Zealand as he feels they were confused about their chase initially.

Hosts New Zealand defeated Bangladesh by 28 runs in a rain-affected second Twenty20 International in Napier on Tuesday to secure the three-match series.

New Zealand made 173 for five off 17.5 overs after losing the toss and batting, before the weather ended their innings prematurely.

As a result, Bangladesh’s run chase was set at 170 from 16 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern formula while the tourists made 142 for seven before the required run rate proved too much and their innings petered out.

Initially it was said that tourists require 148 in 16 overs but later it was readjusted after 1.3 overs when it was revealed that the Tigers needed 170 in 16 overs and later after 13 overs, it was said the target was 171.

“I have never been involved in a game where players going out and don’t know what the target is or don’t know what the Duckworth Lewis target is or later on nobody had the idea of how many runs do we need after five overs or what we need after six overs. I don’t think the game should have started until it was finalised and there was a clear indication of what we require and what we need in certain stages and so I don’t think that was good enough this evening,” Domingo told reporters on Tuesday.

“They were waiting for it and I think what I was explained now was that normally get it one or two balls into the game but hadn’t received it and waiting for it and got delayed and all stuff but look no excuses but very frustrating for us. They were waiting for the printouts and the calculation to take place but they couldn’t delay the game longer because you have done it over the years and all sorts of stuff so yeah that’s very frustrating,” he said.

Domingo added that he is taking some positives from the loss.

“Look we had scored 100 from the first 10 overs, which was a great start for us, and a remarkable improvement since the previous match, but obviously, we couldn't finish it properly, but we have a lot of positive to take from this game,” he said.

“New Zealand are a great team, they are in great form, and we don't have a good record here; but we have shown some glimpse of what we are capable to do, but obviously we weren't consistent enough to deliver. We need to be consistent against New Zealand, as we need to put a consistent performance for 40 overs because if you have bad five overs New Zealand pounce and make you pay and we are playing good cricket in certain phases of the game and making few mistakes in a certain phase of the game and get punished for it so we can put together much more so hopefully, we would be able to put together a complete performance in the last game,” he said.

“I have never seen team field in that much rain because it was raining and the ball was wet and it was slippery and there are no excuses all stacked against us in terms of conditions,” he said.

“I have never seen a game starts while it’s raining again four or five overs and I don’t know whether the rules have changed but I was under impression that the covers won't be taken off before the rain stops maybe rules have changed and I am not sure but very frustrating night all round for us,” he said.