Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 5, 2014

Need to focus on our own problems - Anamul

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Bangladesh will look to improve on their bowling and fielding in their last Asia Cup match, against Sri Lanka. Anamul Haque, who hit a century against Pakistan, said that the team were discussing their own problems, rather than that of their opponents.

"We know what Lasith Malinga or Kumar Sangakkara can do," Anamul said. "We have played three ODIs and two Twenty20s recently. They are ahead of us in every way, so we are discussing ourselves. We will be aware of not repeating the mistakes that we committed against Pakistan. If we repeat our batting and do well in the other departments, we will have a good result against Sri Lanka."

Having scored 326 for 3, their highest ODI total, the Bangladesh bowlers were poor with their length and line and conceded the runs with one ball remaining.

Abdur Razzak went for 72 in nine overs, the sixth time he has gone for more than 70 runs in an ODI. With 31 required off 18 balls, he was struck for two sixes and gave away 18 runs in that over, finishing off whatever little chance Bangladesh had. Shakib was Bangladesh's only bowler who performed credibly, but even he was smashed for three sixes by Shahid Afridi and those hits completely changed the course of the game. It not only had the effect of reducing the asking run-rate, but Afridi had more importantly taken down the best bowler of the team at a crucial stage.

Mominul Haque surprisingly bowled well once again, but Mahmudullah continued to be battered and it was his last over in which Afridi really began the six-hitting spree. Mushfiqur had to resort to allrounders and part-timers mainly because his pace bowlers were bowling either too wide, too short or too full. Still, it was strange to see that he left Ziaur Rahman's medium pace unused.

Shafiul Islam was recalled after missing out the first two matches and he looked completely out of place. Having suffered several injuries in the last two years, he has bowled without much success since 2012. Al-Amin Hossain tried and bowled his heart out in the final over, but otherwise he too looks like an unfinished article.

Bangladesh's fielding had been slightly better, but still they dropped two chances, including a crucial one by Mushfiqur Rahim from Afridi which significantly swung the momentum Pakistan's way.

Anamul ,however, brushed aside suggestions that there was a lack of dedication from the team, saying that perhaps the team needs to win more to get habituated with the feeling of succeeding in close games. "There was no shortage of dedication. Everyone batted well against Pakistan, and we want to bat like this in every game.

"It is very important to develop the winning habit. I think we lack that experience, so maybe that's why we keep losing from winning positions. We are learning a lot from these situations. The mistakes I am seeing right now, won't exist in the future. We will start winning close matches."

About his own batting, Anamul said that he batted to plan, but felt bad that it did not result in a Bangladesh win.

"The plan was to survive the new ball. We weren't successful in the earlier matches, but against Pakistan we could do it. Hafeez always takes wickets with the new ball so we just wanted to rotate the strike against him. I was a little wary of Ajmal's bowling because he is a world-class bowler, but Shakib and Mushfiqur batted well against him.

"It is a big deal to score a hundred against the Pakistan bowling attack. I thought that it would lead to a win, but unfortunately it didn't happen. I would have felt better had my team won."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on March 6, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Good thought but you guys just talk about not repeating mistakes but nothing changes. It is a shame that players who are really deserving don't get a chance to play while the same crop of players have been playing in the playing eleven who are reluctant to learn from their past repeated mistakes. This is the time of technology and even a good viewer can tell ur players where they've been erring and even then they can't correct themselves then they're no good

  • on March 6, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Sakib should be appointed as BD captain. Mushi is not up to the mark. He doesnt seem to learn from his mistakes. Give sakib d captaincy and BD will change the table. Keep Mushi on the job, BD will keep losing.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 6, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    BD need matured fans than anything else! They need to respect other teams and should limit extremism! They have a 60-40 chance of winning @ home against WI, NZ, ZIM in every match. Against all other teams, there chances are limited maximum 20-25% and in away matches it fell further. That's a truth which BD fans do not know or accept!

  • bouncer709 on March 6, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    BD will beat SriLanka today.

  • i_golam on March 6, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Can a win change the team ? A single win ?? What we are talking about ??? Team maturity & continuation of good cricket in regular basis must needed for BD !

  • i_golam on March 6, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    BD requires a mature team captain but Mushfiq's the other way around ! He is over sensitive and emotional / he is no thinker can not plan nor analyze and take no risks / he has bad luck and loses almost always the toss / he has the inability to retract the attention of others / he can not read the opposing team's thinking and has no strong Personality! He can not praise their own either the opposing team! He whines constantly but can not grab things when it comes! Finally ... Mushi does not have all those abilities that a good captain should have and therefore he is not getting any response or respect from his own team members & thats why he has not been able to unite the whole team !!!

  • mainul079080 on March 6, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Mushfiqur's captaincy has become horrible. He dont know the art of picking the right bowler at the crunch moment. Ziaur was unused when every bowler except Sakib and Mominul were being hammered. Very strange.When he gave the ball to Razzaq in 48th over, i was saying that the game is over and it exacly happened.He failed to get the last 2 wickets of Srilankan innings in first ODI when Lankans were 68/8 and they went on to win by making 180! I think it is now time to give captaincy back to to Sakib now. But never make Tamim captain or vice captain.

  • Super_Eyes on March 6, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Agreed with him. I think Bangladesh has finally found the talent that they were looking for since they got their test status. In this team there are some very talented youngsters they need to learn the art of winning matches. They should believe that they can win matches against any top quality side. Apart from your cricketing talent and abilities, I think your confidence plays a big role as well. You do need to be confident. Its just a matter of one big win like a T20 world cup or champions trophy, If they can manage to win a big tournament, then they surely will start winning matches!

  • on March 6, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    BD has potentials to beat SN as they done same in the last Asia cup .

  • BanglaBandhu on March 5, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    The PAK match has rejuvenated a lagging BAN. There are many positives to be taken from that match especially their largest ever ODI score. There is a good chance that BAN will beat SL, if anybody saw the last ball finishes in both the recent T20's in their last series they would agree both matches were there to be won by BAN. Also in the second ODI BAN had SL down and out for 68/8 only to let them off the hook.

    With all the reshuffling and the emergence of a two good young and consistent top order batsmen (Anamul and Mominul), BAN may not finish bottom of the table.

  • on March 6, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    Good thought but you guys just talk about not repeating mistakes but nothing changes. It is a shame that players who are really deserving don't get a chance to play while the same crop of players have been playing in the playing eleven who are reluctant to learn from their past repeated mistakes. This is the time of technology and even a good viewer can tell ur players where they've been erring and even then they can't correct themselves then they're no good

  • on March 6, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Sakib should be appointed as BD captain. Mushi is not up to the mark. He doesnt seem to learn from his mistakes. Give sakib d captaincy and BD will change the table. Keep Mushi on the job, BD will keep losing.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 6, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    BD need matured fans than anything else! They need to respect other teams and should limit extremism! They have a 60-40 chance of winning @ home against WI, NZ, ZIM in every match. Against all other teams, there chances are limited maximum 20-25% and in away matches it fell further. That's a truth which BD fans do not know or accept!

  • bouncer709 on March 6, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    BD will beat SriLanka today.

  • i_golam on March 6, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    Can a win change the team ? A single win ?? What we are talking about ??? Team maturity & continuation of good cricket in regular basis must needed for BD !

  • i_golam on March 6, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    BD requires a mature team captain but Mushfiq's the other way around ! He is over sensitive and emotional / he is no thinker can not plan nor analyze and take no risks / he has bad luck and loses almost always the toss / he has the inability to retract the attention of others / he can not read the opposing team's thinking and has no strong Personality! He can not praise their own either the opposing team! He whines constantly but can not grab things when it comes! Finally ... Mushi does not have all those abilities that a good captain should have and therefore he is not getting any response or respect from his own team members & thats why he has not been able to unite the whole team !!!

  • mainul079080 on March 6, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Mushfiqur's captaincy has become horrible. He dont know the art of picking the right bowler at the crunch moment. Ziaur was unused when every bowler except Sakib and Mominul were being hammered. Very strange.When he gave the ball to Razzaq in 48th over, i was saying that the game is over and it exacly happened.He failed to get the last 2 wickets of Srilankan innings in first ODI when Lankans were 68/8 and they went on to win by making 180! I think it is now time to give captaincy back to to Sakib now. But never make Tamim captain or vice captain.

  • Super_Eyes on March 6, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Agreed with him. I think Bangladesh has finally found the talent that they were looking for since they got their test status. In this team there are some very talented youngsters they need to learn the art of winning matches. They should believe that they can win matches against any top quality side. Apart from your cricketing talent and abilities, I think your confidence plays a big role as well. You do need to be confident. Its just a matter of one big win like a T20 world cup or champions trophy, If they can manage to win a big tournament, then they surely will start winning matches!

  • on March 6, 2014, 2:12 GMT

    BD has potentials to beat SN as they done same in the last Asia cup .

  • BanglaBandhu on March 5, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    The PAK match has rejuvenated a lagging BAN. There are many positives to be taken from that match especially their largest ever ODI score. There is a good chance that BAN will beat SL, if anybody saw the last ball finishes in both the recent T20's in their last series they would agree both matches were there to be won by BAN. Also in the second ODI BAN had SL down and out for 68/8 only to let them off the hook.

    With all the reshuffling and the emergence of a two good young and consistent top order batsmen (Anamul and Mominul), BAN may not finish bottom of the table.

  • InternationalCricketFollower on March 5, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    You wants to win matches? Just work on your fielding.

  • on March 5, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    Never give up guys !! All you guys need a win !

  • on March 5, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    Bangladesh made five changes in the last game but why was Abdur Razzak included in place of Arafat Sunny? Sunny was in good form while his senior colleague was struggling. It is hardly good policy to overlook performance and blindly reward experience. Having picked Razzak, it was inexplicable why he brought him on in the 48th over after Razzak had been struggling and while he had the option of using his best bowler, Shakib. Probably the biggest mistake he made was not to bowl Ziaur Rahman for even one over. Zia has got the experience and he proved earlier that he has the happy knack of break partnerships. There have also been whispers that there was an ego clash which influenced the non-use of the third seamer. A good captain always tries to make the most of his options but Mushfiqur did not do that on Tuesday. If ego is the issue here then it seems, quite unfortunately, that Mushfiqur's captaincy will continue to suffer.

  • on March 5, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    anamul over exciting. all the times but we have a Good match tomorrow. best of luck Bangladesh

  • on March 5, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Anamul really needs to grow up and show some maturity when appealing if he wants people to take him seriously.

  • on March 5, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Bijoy You have done an excellent job. Keep it up. Don't talk 2 much in media, work hard, win you follow you. Even you loss or win we are the one to be with you all the time,

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    It is good if u want to focus on ur own problems bangla. Otherwise i have found u completely negative in match with Pak. as well as ur crowd. they are not lovers of cricket as i have seen in ur last match.

  • IAS2009 on March 5, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    i feel bad for BD loosing the game to Pakistan, the fans were crying (some of them) while Afridi carnage was going on, OMG these fans are so desperate for a win and so passionate about BD cricket, i am not sure why BD has not progressed over the years, SL progressed lot better in same period of time as BD they even won a world cup, my personal opinion is too many BD players carried away with personla glory while batting and loose the big picture of doing it all for team, of course the lack of talent is also part of it, they need variety in bowling, they need genuine quick bowler (intimidating) for other teams. all the action of team members should be for team, a poor shot to miss field everything.

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Bangladesh need to improve in their bowling, ziaur rahman should have bowl in last game, we might won! but it didnt happen! because of mushfiq's poor decision, bangladesh need genuine leg spinner, and some good pacer like taskin who can bowl in a good pace ... nasir, naeem, mahmudullah need to improve themselves! nd razzak should work out on his lazyness and bowling...

  • Lakpj on March 5, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Bangladesh players seem to talk a lot don't they. They better limit the number of words they speak and try to produce some result for their poor fans who seem to come and cheer them day and day out. I don't buy their excuse of lack of experience though players like Shakib, Razzak, Mushfiqur, Tamim and Mortaza have been there for more than 6 years now few others close to 5 years.

  • Fogu on March 5, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    In tough times, it is important to look inwards. Each player needs to improve their game and give better effort in the field. I think Shafiul needs to work on his fitness and bowling in domestic league before playing int'l. Our players need to develop tough mindset and confidence but I also understand it is tough to develop it when on a losing streak. I am sure we can turn it around. Ther is enough fan support for the tigers. Go Tigers!

  • CricketMaan on March 5, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Wow, plenty of maturity in that conversation giving credit where its due. This guy will go places if keeps it simple like that! For my BD fans, that comes from an Indian fan. there are a few who like good cricket and don't just spread hatred! I've seen them on your side too.

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Bangladesh Always Breakdown, Needs Fine Tuning

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Ya u r right mushi should have give the bowl to ziaur without giving the bowl to al amin or shafiul

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  • on March 5, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Ya u r right mushi should have give the bowl to ziaur without giving the bowl to al amin or shafiul

  • on March 5, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    Bangladesh Always Breakdown, Needs Fine Tuning

  • CricketMaan on March 5, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Wow, plenty of maturity in that conversation giving credit where its due. This guy will go places if keeps it simple like that! For my BD fans, that comes from an Indian fan. there are a few who like good cricket and don't just spread hatred! I've seen them on your side too.

  • Fogu on March 5, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    In tough times, it is important to look inwards. Each player needs to improve their game and give better effort in the field. I think Shafiul needs to work on his fitness and bowling in domestic league before playing int'l. Our players need to develop tough mindset and confidence but I also understand it is tough to develop it when on a losing streak. I am sure we can turn it around. Ther is enough fan support for the tigers. Go Tigers!

  • Lakpj on March 5, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Bangladesh players seem to talk a lot don't they. They better limit the number of words they speak and try to produce some result for their poor fans who seem to come and cheer them day and day out. I don't buy their excuse of lack of experience though players like Shakib, Razzak, Mushfiqur, Tamim and Mortaza have been there for more than 6 years now few others close to 5 years.

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Bangladesh need to improve in their bowling, ziaur rahman should have bowl in last game, we might won! but it didnt happen! because of mushfiq's poor decision, bangladesh need genuine leg spinner, and some good pacer like taskin who can bowl in a good pace ... nasir, naeem, mahmudullah need to improve themselves! nd razzak should work out on his lazyness and bowling...

  • IAS2009 on March 5, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    i feel bad for BD loosing the game to Pakistan, the fans were crying (some of them) while Afridi carnage was going on, OMG these fans are so desperate for a win and so passionate about BD cricket, i am not sure why BD has not progressed over the years, SL progressed lot better in same period of time as BD they even won a world cup, my personal opinion is too many BD players carried away with personla glory while batting and loose the big picture of doing it all for team, of course the lack of talent is also part of it, they need variety in bowling, they need genuine quick bowler (intimidating) for other teams. all the action of team members should be for team, a poor shot to miss field everything.

  • on March 5, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    It is good if u want to focus on ur own problems bangla. Otherwise i have found u completely negative in match with Pak. as well as ur crowd. they are not lovers of cricket as i have seen in ur last match.

  • on March 5, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Bijoy You have done an excellent job. Keep it up. Don't talk 2 much in media, work hard, win you follow you. Even you loss or win we are the one to be with you all the time,

  • on March 5, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Anamul really needs to grow up and show some maturity when appealing if he wants people to take him seriously.