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Mahmudullah upset over dismal batting

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  • 28 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Mahmudullah upset over dismal batting
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah reacts after the dismissal of his teammate Afif Hossain (not pictured) during the ICC Men’s Twenty20 World Cup match against England at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. – AFP PHOTO

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Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah said on Wednesday that they need to come up with a better plan batting-wise to turn the table in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup.

The Tigers conceded their second successive defeat in the Super 12 stage when they lost to England by eight wickets in the two nations’ first-ever meeting in the shortest format and found their back against the wall.

Bangladesh now must win their remaining three Group 1 matches to keep alive in the tournament but as they will face West Indies, South Africa and Australia next, the job will be even more difficult.

“Definitely, we were disappointed with the batting, it was a good wicket but we didn’t start well and didn’t have any partnerships in the middle either,’’ said Mahmudullah after the defeat.

“We've been lacking a good start, on these wickets it gets difficult later on,” he added.

England showed their domination over the Tigers throughout the game and there was hardly any moment when Bangladesh looked in control precisely after failing to blaze with the willow.

Bangladesh’s opening pair failed to provide good starts throughout the tournament while lack of substantial partnerships and too many dot balls, 53 to be precise, added to Bangladesh’s miseries.

“We are more skilled hitters than power hitters and we don’t want to change that because we believe we can post good totals. We need to reassess and come up with a good plan,” Mahmudullah said.

Two years ago, in the 50-over World Cup in England, Bangladesh played with vibrancy and aggression that made them one of the teams of the tournament but in the T20Is it seems the Tigers are missing that same spark, that same attacking intent, that same energy.

Bangladesh, which lost both their matches in the Super 12, need to pull up their socks immediately if they won't end their campaign on some kind of a high note and according to left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed, the whole scenario for the tourist will change with a win.

“Still we have three matches in hand. I hope if we can click one from here, we will be able to click the rest two and if we win one match we will be confident for the next match,” said Nasum, who made an unbeaten 19 off nine balls while also picking up one wicket in the match.

“Our confidence level was high after winning in Oman.  Although we lost the first match in Oman, we were able to reach the Super 12 after winning the rest two.  We always want to do something good however it was just bad luck.

“We are trying but it’s not happening for us,” Nasum concluded.