Bangladesh v Pakistan, only Twenty20, Mirpur November 29, 2011

'We missed Tamim' - Mushfiqur Rahim


Reflecting on his team's disappointing showing in the one-off Twenty20, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has said that they were missing Tamim Iqbal at the top of the order. Tamim had to pull out due to a knee injury and that led to Naeem Islam's promotion as the makeshift opener. The reshuffle impacted the team's performance in their chase of 136.

"Obviously we missed Tamim. When you see one of your best players are not playing before the match, you have to reshuffle your batting order," Mushfiqur said. "The player who usually bats at No.5 has to open so that becomes difficult. So that was a negative for us that Tamim did not play."

A victory margin of 50 runs in a Twenty20 game indicates that the bowling unit had a stranglehold over the batsmen in the second innings. In front of a large crowd and a wide-eyed media, after a bowling performance that aroused hope, not many escape, especially in Bangladesh.

The meek surrender - 85 for 9 in 20 overs - wasn't Bangladesh's lowest total in Twenty20s. It was disappointing to see a batting line-up time and again play in two-gears: if they don't find boundaries, they go into a shell. Today, they suffered the ignominy of treating a capacity crowd to just four boundary hits, and one that came off the hip.

"I think the batsmen should have taken more responsibility but they (Pakistan) bowled really well. We lost four wickets early which I wouldn't say were necessarily to poor shots. So after that we couldn't really go after the bowling," Mushfiqur said.

"Had we done so, we might have lost more wickets and been all out for 50-odd. They are one of the best sides in the world currently and they utilized the conditions here better than we did."

The start provided by Naeem and Imrul Kayes gave very little confidence to those who watched the game. Soon after Naeem exited for 3, Alok Kapali joined him in the dugout. What also hurt Bangladesh were the two run-outs. Imrul Kayes probably forgot to drag his bat into the crease as Mohammad Hafeez's throw came in from the inner ring. later, Mushfiqur was stranded mid-pitch after Nasir Hossain refused his single to short third-man.

Despite the poor outing, Mushfiqur was positive that a turnaround was possible, if the batsmen are ready to be patient.

"They had three of their batsmen scoring around 20. So it goes to show that if you go out there and stay at the crease and apply yourself then things could have been different for us," Mushfiqur said.

"We can definitely compete with them in the series. Even after batting so poorly we managed 80 (sic. 85) so if we had a top-order partnership then probably we would have needed 50 or 60 runs in the last seven or eight overs which wouldn't have been impossible."

It is back to basics for Bangladesh, for they will find boundaries hard to come by over the next three weeks in all formats.

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2011, 11:20 GMT

    Bangladesh are a very bad team when they play ODI and are chasing 240 plus they don't go to chase the score they think they can get a draw and if Tamim Iqbal gets out early or is injured they give up and in Tests and T20 they are very bad i would love to see Bangladesh be removed from international cricket forever they are a boring team instead of being called Bangladesh Tigers they should be called Boring Bangladesh.

  • Manesh on December 1, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    where are the so called the tigers??? not able to cross 100 runs! no wonder Ireland, afgan are better team than BD .

  • Tayab on November 30, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    I agree with F.A, that BD batsmen could not have done much with Tamim in the team. Sangakkara was also batting very well, but doesn't help when your colleagues on the others side are walking back to the pavilion. At the end you are standing there alone by yourself.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    Nice Try from Mushfiqur and nice coverup by some fellas.... But somebody gonna tell Mushfiqur that respectable loses are still considered better than crushing losses. 3 fours and just a solitary six! no batsman could strike even run a ball..... what sort of fight this is? Really disappointing from B'Desh.....

  • Alex on November 30, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    Shahid afridi is best ODI spinner. you have to milk singles against him. His drift in the air is threatening every time

  • rimon on November 30, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    bd playing test, one day & t-20 with almost the same players they havent any other choice.. so dont deserve something else wht they cant produce.

  • Khair ul on November 30, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    I agree with lineintcricket, this is a tricky time to have the series, particularly for Pakistan. Bangladesh have nothing to loose, but if they manage to put a small dent into the PAK team like they did when they bowled, it could be bad for Pakistan for the next series, in terms of their confidence.

    Much as I would like Bangladesh to win a few, I can't help feeling this series would have been better off after Pakistan's England series. In the meantime, Bangladesh could have played Sri Lanka who are severely dented at the moment.

  • TMoney on November 30, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    I was proud of the BD bowling but the batting was pathetic. Its not good for Mushfiq to say tht Tamim injury meant a reshuffle in the order which lead to the lost. From the get go the BD batting innings there was no 'intent' in chasing down the total. Poor strokes were played and it was more of a block, block, try to hit it for a six (when trying to hit the ball they got out) situation.

    It was disappointing really. Tamim would have played with aggression and intent to get off to a flier but we cant really on Tamim all the time. Cmon BD we have to mature as a cricketing nation.

  • Saquib on November 30, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    Bangladeshi's bowlings seems to be much better than their batting, but in a game of cricket, not only bowlers win the match for their team, its an overall effort from the batsmen and bowlers and fielders, the bowlers manage to restrict PAK below 150, but they were not able to reach even 100 and lost 9 wickets, if they bat in the 1st innings then they led down their bowlers with their poor batting with a small target, its high time now for BD either imporve or stay out of the International cricket.

  • arpit on November 30, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    "WE are not here for Honorific Loss,We are here to Win", 50 Run Defeat in a T-20 game, on their home ground is more like an insulting defeat. Time for Bangladesh Players, speak Little and perform Better.

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