Bangladesh Premier League 2012-13 February 10, 2013

Fielding let us down - Taylor

Chittagong Kings captain Brendan Taylor blamed a key misfield in the final over for his side's narrow loss against Rangpur Riders, but defended his decision to use Rubel Hossain to bowl the over. Riders won the game by five wickets off the final ball in the BPL's most exciting finish this season.

With 16 runs needed off the last over, Kevin O'Brien blasted the first ball from Rubel down the ground towards long-off where Naeem Islam bungled up a straightforward stop by rushing towards the ball and pushing it past the boundary rope on his right.

O'Brien carved the next ball past point for another boundary. After the next two balls yielded just one run, Danza Hyatt struck a straight six and took a leg-bye off the final ball to complete the victory.

"No one means to misfield but we are all professional cricketers and we all understand that it is not good enough," Taylor said. "At the end of the day we didn't deserve to win that [game]. We were poor in the field so the team that holds the nerves are the best and show character will get over the line."

Taylor's decision to use Rubel in the final over also came under criticism, especially given the bowler's poor record in the final overs. During this tournament, Rubel failed to defend nine runs against Sylhet Royals. But Taylor defended his decision saying that if the boundary was not conceded off the first ball, it would have been a different story.

"Yes it was [the right decision to let him bowl the last over] if we had fielded properly. We had our chances earlier and in the over before. Misfields in the boundary should have been one run and it went for four runs.

"We backed Rubel the whole way and you can't pinpoint that on him. If we had supported him properly in the field, we wouldn't be in this position," he said.

In the ODI series against West Indies in December last year, Rubel gave away 24 runs when the match was poised for a close finish. Instead, Marlon Samuels walked it home with 18 balls to spare. In another instance, Rubel had been hit for 32 runs in his last two overs in a tri-nation final against Sri Lanka.

Rubel has had several international and local games where there was a big difference in the economy of his first and last spell. Taylor thinks he has to handle the pressure better to be successful in these situations in the future.

"It's not Rubel's fault, we let him down on the field; maybe a bit of nerves, pressure, can't put my thumb on it yet. He is a guy who works hard and gives you everything that's a guy you want in the team."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Tapash on February 11, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Rubel Hossain is a worse bowler among all Bangladeshi pacer. He is responsible for many matches we lost. Taylor defended just to avoiding the truth. Better to accept the reality. It is totally blunder to use Rubel at the last over. We were watching the match and when ball was in Rubel's hand we were certain that, Chittagong is going to be defeated. BAD Decision!!

  • Sachit on February 10, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Its pretty hard on Rubel to bash him for this defeat. O'Brien and Hyatt were both international players and they stood better on that particular day. Afterall it's all Cricket. Agreed that Rubel struggled in past also during death overs so there are 2 take aways from it. First captains should think if they could go for alternative options other than Rubel during death overs. Second, Rubel should also try to rectify this of his weakness. He has all the ingredients of becoming a quality fast bowler but he succumbs to pressure. He completely looses his consistency whenever opposition batsmen start hitting him hard. He should learn how to react positively when opposition batsmen are taking him for a ride all over the park. I think some mentoring from classics like Chaminda Vaas, Glenn McGrath or Wasim Akram.

  • Jalal on February 10, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Rubel is an awful finisher. We saw it before in so many games even in the last ODI series against WI. If my memory is not so bad, I think it happened before in this BPL. It was a bad decision to try to finish the game with Rubel.

  • Tamzid on February 10, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    So here Taylor is actually trying to prove that his decision was perfect, but mate No matter how much you try to defend Rubel, we Bengali know what this guy is capable of. Rubel is just a trash bowler, and he doesn't deserve to be playing in international level. People learn from their past mistakes, but Rubel still haven't learned yet instead he made his mistakes as his permanent habit. Rubel and Shahdat hossain should never be included in Bangladesh squad , and if possible not even in BPL.

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