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

'We missed Tamim' - Mushfiqur Rahim

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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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  • 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.

  • Fast_Track_Bully 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 .

  • ajmal1988 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.

  • 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.....

  • Alexk400 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

  • cric4zh 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.

  • Happy_AusBang 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.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi 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.

  • saqskhan 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.

  • arpzzz 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.

  • 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.

  • Fast_Track_Bully 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 .

  • ajmal1988 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.

  • 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.....

  • Alexk400 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

  • cric4zh 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.

  • Happy_AusBang 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.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi 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.

  • saqskhan 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.

  • arpzzz 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.

  • on November 30, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    u miss futo. magi. dhon khalo chudir sala

  • rahul_sai on November 30, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    same old story man, u r not goin to win nothin, waste of time and money. even in zimbabwe there was andy flower who could put up some world class performance in a week team. but u guys r just hopeless. play our ranji teams, see if u can win even sourashtra or orissa, then scale up to delhi and mumbai and then to the international scene.

  • tanstell87 on November 30, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Indian fan here.....Bangladesh batsmen are too defensive apart from Tamim who either blocks or hits....they need to play a series with same team...Kayes for example spends a lot of time at crease & when time comes to increase the run-rate looses his wicket....Ashraful has been so badly treated....let him play a full series...Sakib should bat at number 4...he isnt scoring any runs...Mahmadullah looks good bet...he needs to bat at 5....Bang bowling is worst & should recall Shahadat Hussain & Mashrafe back possibly even Mohd. Rafique

  • Faircricket11220 on November 30, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    relying on tamim is a poor way to say that bangledesh batted very poorly but then whose to blame facing pakistan spin best in the world i doubt even ten or five tamim could have done the job its about team effort and the will to win every game and perform giving 200 percent not a 100 and pakistan has proven that they can in past series as well as today

  • on November 30, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    impressed with nasir hossain,he look a talented allrounder.good luck for him.

  • likeintcricket on November 30, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    I love to see Bangladesh win few matches but not against Pak side. Pakistan are in a good form and waiting for the England series which they should win to take some sort of revenge. If they relax and loose one game than all the good work will be gone. Actually this is a bad time to have this tricky series after such a moral boosting win against Sri Lanka.

  • DadaCricket on November 30, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    To me, if u really look at the way Bangladesh has been, they have always missed those naturally talented match winners which Pakistan has been blessed with. From the era of 1950's when we started with Asian Bradman to date when we have the likes of a world star cricketer in Afridi who fits in playing eleven of any side in the world, this does make a difference. The second problem has been their consistency and a believe a confidence that they can do something. We the Pakistanis do love to see our side win convincingly but its icing on the cake when the opposition does resist because this does help test temperament of our side which is actually good for Pakistan. Some tough challenge will definitely help us prepare for England which is hardly 4 weeks away now.

  • on November 29, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    we have lack of batting expertise and also got the team selection wrong,shuvagoto hom n iliyas sunny were rested,n they gave chance to who???alok,nafees,imrul,farhad,nayeem....all useless out of form players,if ashraful is rested,aftab is retired....these 5 have no business in the team,all politics.and i personally want to see razzak opening the batting as he got more gutts than any other batsmen in our line up,nasir is pure talent,mushfiq n shakib can score,we need 2 more batsmen and few alrounders,n definitely we need more games before official games.poor pitch too.good luck Tigers for the ODIs....we real fans r with u...God bless

  • on November 29, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    TAMIM the overrated player.. u cant win matches just one man army, its a team game, we will see what tamim has to offer in odis..

  • woodhaven on November 29, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    bangladesh need a different T20 team without ruining test and ODI set up. the team who won in south asian games, let them play t20. my squad will be 1. anamul hauque +2. nazimuddin 3.shakib (C) 4. alok kapali 5.sabbir 6. nasir 7.najmul hossain milon 8.ashraful 9.abdur razzaq 10.syed rasel/kamrul islam rabbi 11. najmul hossain/mukhter ali

  • on November 29, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    For God's sake, he is Tamim Iqbal, not Brian Lara. Even Jayawerdena couldn't do anything noteworthy against this spin attack..

    I think BD are harming themselves by creating spinning tracks in this series. Pakistan spinners are simply far far superior to any other country's spinners let alone Bangladesh.

  • PACERONE on November 29, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Why did the number 3 batsman not open the inning? They should arrange with W.I to get Gayle seeing the W.I do not want him.

  • muannis on November 29, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    lame excuse,where was Nafees ? it is rather poor team selection. kicks out Naeem & Kayes. Tamim & Nafees should open in the ODIs.

  • on November 29, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    @Rubel...Lets see what tamim does in ODIs..i hope he doesnt break bengali hearts any day:)

  • on November 29, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Shameless? Without Tamim u Bd couldn't cross 135 runs, that's really shamefull. We want to see what u guys can do in 50 over format. Goodluck!

  • on November 29, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    Same old story. They should start importing someone from SA or Australia. They are their for almost 20 years now. At this stage Sri Lanka had won the world cup already. Is there a basic fault or something

  • HocasPocas on November 29, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Really??? What Tamim wouldve done? He wasnt gonna score all the run by himself. It was PATHETIC batting by BD batsman.

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  • HocasPocas on November 29, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Really??? What Tamim wouldve done? He wasnt gonna score all the run by himself. It was PATHETIC batting by BD batsman.

  • on November 29, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    Same old story. They should start importing someone from SA or Australia. They are their for almost 20 years now. At this stage Sri Lanka had won the world cup already. Is there a basic fault or something

  • on November 29, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Shameless? Without Tamim u Bd couldn't cross 135 runs, that's really shamefull. We want to see what u guys can do in 50 over format. Goodluck!

  • on November 29, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    @Rubel...Lets see what tamim does in ODIs..i hope he doesnt break bengali hearts any day:)

  • muannis on November 29, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    lame excuse,where was Nafees ? it is rather poor team selection. kicks out Naeem & Kayes. Tamim & Nafees should open in the ODIs.

  • PACERONE on November 29, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Why did the number 3 batsman not open the inning? They should arrange with W.I to get Gayle seeing the W.I do not want him.

  • on November 29, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    For God's sake, he is Tamim Iqbal, not Brian Lara. Even Jayawerdena couldn't do anything noteworthy against this spin attack..

    I think BD are harming themselves by creating spinning tracks in this series. Pakistan spinners are simply far far superior to any other country's spinners let alone Bangladesh.

  • woodhaven on November 29, 2011, 21:47 GMT

    bangladesh need a different T20 team without ruining test and ODI set up. the team who won in south asian games, let them play t20. my squad will be 1. anamul hauque +2. nazimuddin 3.shakib (C) 4. alok kapali 5.sabbir 6. nasir 7.najmul hossain milon 8.ashraful 9.abdur razzaq 10.syed rasel/kamrul islam rabbi 11. najmul hossain/mukhter ali

  • on November 29, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    TAMIM the overrated player.. u cant win matches just one man army, its a team game, we will see what tamim has to offer in odis..

  • on November 29, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    we have lack of batting expertise and also got the team selection wrong,shuvagoto hom n iliyas sunny were rested,n they gave chance to who???alok,nafees,imrul,farhad,nayeem....all useless out of form players,if ashraful is rested,aftab is retired....these 5 have no business in the team,all politics.and i personally want to see razzak opening the batting as he got more gutts than any other batsmen in our line up,nasir is pure talent,mushfiq n shakib can score,we need 2 more batsmen and few alrounders,n definitely we need more games before official games.poor pitch too.good luck Tigers for the ODIs....we real fans r with u...God bless