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Shakib rues missed opportunity

  • Sports Correspondent from Adelaide
  • 3 November, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh T20 skipper Shakib Al Hasan on Wednesday was left ruing after his side missed a great opportunity against India during their penultimate Group 2 Super 12 match of the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup.

The Tigers were 66-0 in seven overs and Liton Das had already completed his quickest T20I fifty when they were chasing a target of 185 runs at Adelaide Oval.

After a 51-minute rain interruption, Bangladesh were given a revised target of 151 runs off 16 overs in the D/L Method but the Tigers fell five-run short of the target and now they are all set to face elimination from the group stage of the tournament.

“I think 52 runs in the last five overs with eight wickets in hand in this kind of condition - we should have chased it down. The batting line-up we had, I believed that we were capable of doing it,” Shakib told reporters in the post-match press conference in Adelaide.

“Maybe we panicked a bit in the middle overs. We tried to play too many shots and in these two to three overs we lost the momentum.

“It became difficult for us to get back in the game but Nurul and Taskin batted well and brought us back in the game. In T20 games, momentum shifts with every ball in such a short time and the momentum was going in their side at one time and coming to us at another moment,” said Shakib, adding that he’s not ready to make slippery wickets as an excuse.

“It was a little slippery. Normally that suits the batting side more rather than the bowling side and we should not make that an excuse,” he said.

“We couldn’t do it and that is unfortunate. But we can take a lot more positive things than negative things from this game,” he said, adding that they had no such plan of not completing the match.

Rain made a massive interruption in the game when Bangladesh were 66-0 after the end of their seventh over and the Tigers were 17 runs ahead of India at that time in D/L Method.

“No, we had no such target. I think it was the same for India that both teams wanted to play the whole game.

“I always prefer a 20-over-match to complete. We never thought the D/L method would come. Even when it was raining, it wasn’t supposed to happen for a long time. We were hoping that the whole match would be played.

“And I don’t think it made a huge difference to the game or our performance. If the rain didn’t stop the match, our momentum could have been better,” he added.

Meanwhile, Nurul Hasan Sohan, who took the game to the last ball, believed that he had a good chance to take the match to the super over as Bangladesh required seven runs in the final ball of Arshdeep Singh.

“It was a close match. Definitely would love to win the game…I think it was a great chance to level the scores in the last ball  but couldn’t do that,” Nurul, who made an unbeaten 25 off 14 balls, said in the Mixed Zone interaction.