Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 4th T20I, Khulna January 22, 2016

'Everyone rushed into playing their shots' - Mashrafe

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'It is hard to go after the bowling without getting set, regardless of how the wicket is' - Mashrafe Mortaza © AFP

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said losing four wickets in the first three overs put paid to their chase of 181 in the fourth T20I against Zimbabwe in Khulna.

Bangladesh were 17 for 4 sixteen balls into their innings and Mashrafe reasoned that a flat track had made his batsmen drop their guard. "I think the problem was that they became overexcited seeing the wicket," he said. "It is hard to go after the bowling without getting set, regardless of how the wicket is. I think everyone rushed into playing their shots. I thought [Mahmudullah] Riyad batted well and he took us close. I think we could have made it had we needed 15-16 off the last over with a batsman at the crease."

Mahmudullah, who struck 54 off 41 balls, and Imrul Kayes attempted to pick up the pieces after the Powerplay, but Kayes was dimissed in the seventh over and Bangladesh lost momentum again.

"The possibilities go down when you lose four wickets in three overs chasing 181 runs," Mashrafe said. "Still, Imrul and Mahmudullah batted well together. We got behind the game after Imrul's dismissal but we were on the backfoot after the first four wickets.

A lot has been said, from both sides, about this series being used as a means to figure out their best XIs, but Mashrafe insisted that Bangladesh placed enough emphasis on winning the series too. "Whether we were experimenting or not, our goal was to win the game. We didn't bat well in the last two games. Our balance wasn't right, and the same can be applied to the bowling effort."

Bangladesh tried 18 players in the four-match series and it has helped narrow down their selections for future series. "We needed to see a few places, because at least eight or nine of the 15-man squad remains confirmed. We got an idea of their potential. We have to be ready for the challenge that will come in the Asia Cup. We have to mentally prepared about a T20 game swinging in an over or two," Mashrafe said.

Mashrafe also hoped the team could develop the mental strength needed to chase totals upwards of 170 and 180 against bigger teams in the Asia Cup T20 and World T20. "We did well in the third game chasing 187, and perhaps would have been successful had there not been the middle-order collapse. We got some idea about chasing. Bigger teams will make 170-180 against us in the World T20 or Asia Cup so we have to create the ability to chase these totals.

"Nobody wants to lose wearing the Bangladesh colours," Mashrafe said. "But we have time on hand before the Asia Cup, so that we can work on those areas. I think we can correct our mistakes."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Bangladesh_Forever on January 25, 2016, 12:04 GMT

    Young players graduating from BD age groups don't play that many quality first calss matches as they should so that it is decided if one is best fit for test or T20I. People are being judgemental tagging Mosaddek or Liton already as test players from the couple of matches they played. I don't even think it's fair to tag Mominul as 'only test batsman' coz he's only batted in 24 ODIs and 4 T20Is. Apart from Mohammad Ashraful, and Mushfiqur Rahim I doubt if there has been any BD batsman reaching the international standards. If exposing a new potentially better batsman to international games is the idea, Mosaddek/ Litton/ Mominul should get regular chances in ALL formats. For debut, T20I is the worst platform. We don't play many T20s round the year and you can't judge a new player from just 4/5 overs of play in a 2/3 match T20I series. We should start testing them with ODIs as they are used to that format most and from there they can be fetched into test/ T20I squads according to need.

  • Bangladesh_Forever on January 25, 2016, 10:46 GMT

    before the last T20I WC Bangladesh selectors were doing the same thing. That time they persisted with out of form Mahmudullah and Tamim Iqbal while Mominul Haque/ Nasir Hossain were out of favor. Yes Sabbir was first introduced in that very experiment but he too was given too little a window of opportunity despite the senior players' repeated failure/ injury/ even ban (on Shakib during Asia Cup). On the other hand they tried too many bowlers including Forhad Reza, Ziaur Rahman and Taskin too (who is today already irregular in the team - thanks to experimentation with 3 new bowlers in only 4 matches) even though there were Al-Amin, Rubel and Mashrafe available. So if the saying -"history repeats itself" is true, then this year BD will again suffer embarrassment to just reach the proper round of the world T20I, 2016.

  • Bangladesh_Forever on January 25, 2016, 10:05 GMT

    Zimbabwe batted well in the last two games so they could score 180 plus which practically took the game away from Bangladesh coz so far our whole batting line-up is worth 160 at best. Bangladesh was experimenting in the wrong section. Instead of checking the bench strength of our bowling we should have focused on picking the right batting line-up within this short window of opportunity. People are asking questions about Mosaddek/ Liton/ Anamul but I'd rather say they should have been given more regular chances instead of occasional 1/2 games because they were our best performers from past U19 teams and our domestic cricket isn't standard enough to indicate how a good domestic player'd do in international games. Until our settled senior batsmen who haven't thrived in accordance with their experience (Yeah I mean it, A fifty once in a blue moon, that can't even win you a match isn't good enough from someone like Tamim or Riyad!) are balanced with fresh blood, nothing'll change.

  • minhazmohsin on January 24, 2016, 7:39 GMT

    This is because we took those players who like to play too many shots except Mahmudullah, if Kane Willamson can score runs without hitting six, why can't we? One problem is Liton and Musaddik, who are a good test player, are bringing in for T20, and Anamul is being ignored by selectors despite has a good average in odi t20i.

  • Muhammad Maheer Zaid on January 23, 2016, 12:00 GMT

    I don't know what would be others reaction to this, but I feel like Mash himself isn't suitable for T20. His slow bowling eases the batsmen from pressure. The only time he can actually bowl is between the middle overs. BD team is missing the service of Rebel hugely! Mustafizur and Alamin are the two Bowler who can actually threat the batsmen. And others including Mash are just easy to play. BD batsmen are big worry, I consider Tamim, Soumya, Sabbir and Mushi as t20 players, and rest are just ordinary. they can't hit 6s and 4s convincingly when it's needed badly.

  • BanglaBandhu on January 23, 2016, 9:37 GMT

    Something clearly not right with team mindset. Mash was was that the team wanted to win but the way they batted proves otherwise. The Khulna crowd must feel bad to see two consequetive losses. This is a stark reality check with both the Asia Cup and World T20's just around the corner. The moral winner of this series is ZIM despite the 2-2 score line. Well done ZIM.

  • Bangla_Team on January 23, 2016, 8:18 GMT

    Mashrafi ' s bowling figures in this series is the sing of the bad things to come in the upcoming tournaments for BD.It looks like Bangladesh coaches are not very familiar with this format as well.No game was approached with proper plan.We need good T20 bating coach who can tech these BD batters how to hit the ball properly.Sakib's batting was really poor.Just wanted to throw kitchen sink at it by giving himself room and losing the shape completely.We just don't have any clean hitters.

  • Sammy on January 23, 2016, 5:40 GMT

    Mash leaks too many runs and that makes it even harder for the batsmen. He shouldn't bowl. Imagine the clobbering that he will get against better teams. T20 is also about run containment and Mash is no longer capable of doing that.

  • LEFTHANDEDOPENER on January 22, 2016, 21:27 GMT

    Sorry to say but very soon bangladesh loose his test cricket status.

  •   Misbah Mohammed on January 22, 2016, 21:02 GMT

    All i see is people talking about bangladesh playing too many debutants. Well what about the seniors players that played? Tamim n soumya were only looking to hit boundaries when the captain emphasized on talking singles and reducing the dot balls. Sakib didnt bat well for a long time in t20s too. And one more issue is bangladesh playing with 3 genuine bowlers only (except today's match). And i have a feeling that bangladeshi batsmen cant hit 6s standing or going backfoot. I hope they solve the issues pretty soon and we have good asia & world cups!!

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