Ban v NZ, World T20 2012, Group D, Pallekele September 21, 2012

'We wanted to chase' - Mushfiqur


Bangladesh's captain, Mushfiqur Rahim, has backed his decision to bowl against New Zealand despite every previous T20I played at Pallekele having been won by the side batting first. There was thick cloud cover over the ground at the time of the toss and Brendon McCullum said the possibility of rain and Duckworth-Lewis could have figured in Bangladesh's calculations. All that ceased to matter soon as McCullum cracked his second T20I century to set up New Zealand's 59-run win.

"We were uncertain ourselves about what to do at the toss with rain about," McCullum said. "It may have arrived at some point. It's a well-known fact that Duckworth-Lewis favours the team which is going to bat second, especially this form of the game. It [Bangladesh's decision] didn't surprise me a great deal. When they bowled in the first over or so the ball was kissing off quite nicely so they would have been reasonably pleased with that decision."

Mushfiqur, too, pointed to the way his bowlers had started off as vindication for his decision but said McCullum's innings had taken everything else out of the equation. "We wanted to chase," he said. "You see the way our bowlers bowled in the first two overs... they started well. Thereafter Brendon batted superbly and showed why he is the No. 1-ranked batter in T20 cricket.

"Our quicks and spinners did not bowl to the field. Also our fielding let us down. If we had restricted them to around 160 then it would have been a different ball game. While chasing 192, it was always going to be hard once we lost a couple of wickets. It was really difficult.

"We were not going to have a lot of turn in the second half, so we wanted to use whatever grip we got for the spinners. I wouldn't say the decision was wrong, but what we did afterwards was wrong."

New Zealand were expected to be tested by Bangladesh's trio of left-arm spinners but McCullum's assault left them with combined figures of 2 for 104 in 11 overs. "Two of them were left-arm spinners," Mushfiqur said. "Shakib [Al Hasan] is more of a batting all-rounder. I don't think our left-arm spinners had too much help from the pitch. Credit should go to Brendon for the way he batted. No one really played well apart from him."

Bangladesh have three days before their must-win game against Pakistan on Tuesday, and Mushfiqur said they would learn from this loss and work on their weaknesses. "The bigger teams are doing well on the particular day and winning games, as I've seen so far in the tournament. The match-winners have been contributing. Definitely we will look at our game. Pakistan are dangerous in this format. We will have to think really hard, have a look at our strategy and give 100 per cent."

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • roket on September 23, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Gsing7 and abhay8157: I think Sehwag should know a thing or two about the term "ordinary". prior to his only century against BD in 2011, he was averaging all of 27 runs in ODIs against "ordinary" Bangladesh. Two of BDs "ordinary" and talentless players average almost as much against extraordinary Indian bowling (around 40, which is what Sehwag averages against BD). That's pretty amazing considering that have no talent and skills!

  • Manesh on September 23, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    @ExtremeSpeed. One month back, India beat SL in the same pitch in an ODI and T20. So, you agree that it was a hard fought win by India, right? At that time BD fans call it as a flat track! Some of us including me advice BD fans to not jump on the T20 wins over associates or BPL performances. Your team is yet to achieve consistency. First understand it.

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    As a cricket fan of bd it's disappointing perform by team. What a shame they give us by silly mistakes again and again ever. No attitudes to learn from mistakes. They should play positive cricket otherwise stop to play to give us more frustration and save the money they wasting. It is another disappointing performance and game plan by Captain and vice captaion look like race as stone age............

  • Zakirul on September 22, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    hossain75 ".............. Bangladesh Govt. just wasting money for these useless players.....": BCB does not use Govt. money. In fact because of the cricket players they earn a huge amount of money and pay taxes to the govt. and employ a good number of people. In other words Govt. is not wasting , but earning money because of the cricketers. These players are trying their best. Be patient and kind to them during bad times. New Zeeland waited 26 years to win a match. I understand the others are critical, but the impatience of some BD fans make me sad. I think it is better for BD if these kind of fans stop watching cricket.

  • mohammed on September 22, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    I am BD supporter. I am really disappoined with the performance of Bangladesh. They just can play in pressure. Mushfiq is not a good captain. A good captain never depend on luck. A good captain take good decisions and perforn well. He is not a good batsman at all. His average is very poor and can not perform in pressure. He need to drop off ASAP to save our cricket. Bagladesh players always lack of self confidence and can not perform good in world stage. Sorry BD fun and that is true. Afgan and Ireland teams are more professional thann Bangladesh. Bangladesh Govt. just wasting money for these useless players. Govt. ccan spend money to help poor people for education and jobs. BCB is useless. I am Bangladeshi and I am going to stop watching cricket. It is just waste of time.

  • M N on September 22, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    bowling & openings side of BD was very poor. Though 192 was difficult bt wasn't impossible. Best of luck for the nxt match against pak. u guyzz really have to do very hard work for survive. rest of all depends on luck now..

  • Andrew on September 22, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    @Abaa on (September 22 2012, 06:46 AM GMT) - Wow, I really got you stirred up! LOL! I don't really care actually, I am not a Bangladeshi, I was merely saying that any time McCullum goes off, he is very hard to stop. As for "...Ross Taylor, Jacob Oram, etc..." - they also could of gotten out for ducks & NZ scored less than 100. None of what I said was an excuse for Bangladesh, merely a different way of looking at it. In analyising the result, it is stating the obvious that McCullum was a stand out performance, & he could of done that against any team - India included! As I said, my "Factoid" (was not a serious comment), & I also said "...What does that mean? Well technically - absolutely nothing!" - But clearly it meant something to you - LOL!

  • Shegufta on September 22, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    A disappointing outcome. Their line and length was wrong and their fielding was sloppy but no credit can be taken away from McCullum who sported a fantastic knock for NZ. A message to those people who are very critical of Bangladesh being a test playing nation: Yes, there are no excuses for us performing like this because to be a competitive side in world cricket you need to perform consistently. However, Bangladesh gets little to no chances to play against countries like Australia, South Africa etc. When they do get an opportunity they perform in mediocre fashion and the next thing you know, you have people demanding Bangladesh be stripped of their test status. Other countries have other sports for which they have national teams but Bangladesh only has cricket and for a country that worships cricket, having their test status taken away would be a great injustice.

  • gurinder on September 22, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    sehwag was right ,ordinary team, where was best all rounder and bangla afridi when u needed them most

  • Dummy4 on September 22, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Bangladesh team management should replace Mushfiq and Mahmud with Zahurul and Junaid for Pak match. No need to worry about result just try your best.

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