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

'We wanted to chase' - Mushfiqur

Abhishek Purohit in Pallekele

September 21, 2012

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Abdur Razzak celebrates dismissing Martin Guptill, Bangladesh v New Zealand, World Twenty20 2012, Group D, Pallekele, September 21, 2012
Despite an early success for Abdur Razzak, things quickly went downhill for Bangladesh © AFP

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."

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Posted by r0ketman 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!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully 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.

Posted by   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............

Posted by dulabari 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.

Posted by hossain75 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.

Posted by loverboy_bd 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..

Posted by Meety 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!

Posted by sfarazi 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.

Posted by gsingh7 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

Posted by   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.

Posted by Abaa on (September 22, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

@ Meety:

Wonderful! Absolutely fantabulous! Your statistical prowess and hypothetical conclusion is sheer mathematical brilliance! But one slight thing. You forget to account for the fact that had Brendon been dismissed early, Bangladesh would have had to deal with Ross Taylor, Jacob Oram, etc. instead. And these guys can bash a cricket ball pretty well too. Ross Taylor hammered Shoaib Akthar so bad that Pakistan didn't play him in the QF or SF in last year's world cup remember? Wonder why you didn't you consider this obvious fact. I mean if we're going to talk about ifs and buts, Afghanistan could have beaten India if you take out Kohli's contribution. How absurd does that sound? Why would you take out Kohli's contribution? Likewise it makes no sense to deduct Brendon's knock he made a century facing like half the 20 overs allotted. If his 123 is deducted, you can add back at least a 75 from Ross/Oram. The excuses you are coming up with is pretty pathetic. Worse than the performance!

Posted by abhay8157 on (September 22, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

As. Shewag said ... Ordinary team .. With no talent. And skill..m

Posted by kkk999 on (September 22, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

o be honet it was expected that nz would be the favourites as bangladesh hv not played competitive cricket after their asia cup.... and about bangla beating pak, it is impossible as pakistan hv not lost to bangla since 1998 world cup...... so group d is all over with pakistan and nz set 2 qualify.....

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

….did BD really plaed well in last three months? Take a look Zimbabwe: Played in a triangular tournament which included second string South Africa and Zimbabwe. BD lost one match against Zim and another match against SA and they did not reach the final. Ireland: Lost one out o...f three matches against Ireland Netherlands: Lost one out of two matches against MINOW Netherlands West Indies: Participated in a quadrangular tournament which included T&T, Barbados and Afghanistan. Lost against T&T team which did not included any player from West Indies National team. Barely beat Barbados which also did not include any star player.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

its all fault to bd team manegment

Posted by Master_Mihil on (September 22, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

This is the occasion the great Wasim would say *pat on the back* "Keep on learning"

Posted by Inspector_Clouseau on (September 22, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

If the whole world thinks that D/L favors the team batting second, then ICC should seriously look into this issue. Either tweak it or find a better system. What is the point of having a sophisticated statistical mumbo jumbo system when it fails to offer a fair chance to both teams?

Posted by cooljack_143 on (September 22, 2012, 2:17 GMT)

BD are BANKING THEIR SUCCESS BASED UPON THE ASIA CUP FINALS,which they forget have played at home.From recent experiences we have seen that everyone is TIGER in their own backyard.BD SHOULD GET CARRIED AWAY WITH THAT AS SOLE FACT & BPL,which is no where near standards.They should play for pride in the next game.and he says SHAKIB IS MORE OF BATTING ALLROUNDER THAN BOWLING..WHAT A JOKE:-)))))))I wish ASHRAFUL/SHAKIB was captian.This KID isnt learning...GL BD..PLAY GOOD AND ALL THE BEST FOR SUPER 8' have talent..come on BANGLA!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Aristotle01 on (September 22, 2012, 1:59 GMT)

Another emphatic proof that Bangladesh cricket is a disgrace to Intnl Cricket. Irealnd need to replace bangladesh in tests and Afghanistan need to replace them in ODIS and T20s. Bangladesh have won nothing , absolutely nothing in the last 15 years. It is shameful . Their players have ZERO skill and ability. I feel sorry for the lovely people of Bangladesh fans.

Posted by criclanka on (September 22, 2012, 0:40 GMT)

come on bagladesh you all are better than this..good luck for rest of the tournament..

Posted by Meety on (September 22, 2012, 0:11 GMT)

Bad luck today for Bangladesh, they copped a McCallum special. Interesting little FACTOID - IF you remove McCullum's total, the rest of the NZ batting line up, + extras, were on target for a score of 131.6, Bangladesh scored 132! What does that mean? Well technically - absolutely nothing! It can however, sort of mean, that if it wasn't for one of McCullum's rare day outs, bangladesh COULD of been in with a hell of a chance. McCullum blew an Oz A side away just prior to the Test series last year. The bowling line up contained a who's who of the next best Ozzy pacers. It was a blitzkrieg, those Ozzy pacers (IMO), were of a higher standard than that of Bangladesh, but when McCallum does fire, it doesn't matter who the bowlers are.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 21, 2012, 23:01 GMT)

Bangladesh have simply not learnt ANYTHING over a decade now. Time and time again they commit the same old mistakes. Their performance today resembled a minnow team. They cannot give any more excuses; they are simply not good enough for international cricket. I am an Indian fan BUT I want BD to do well. I like Shakib and Tamim as cricketers. BUT, they cannot win it all the time. This is where domestic cricket in BD needs to improve. Instead of investing in the BPL, BD cricket board should have spent a lot more Taakas on infrastructure development and grass-root cricket at junior level. It seems BD are just another minnow team masquerading as a test nation. The ICC needs to watch BD and ZIM very closely in the coming years.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (September 21, 2012, 22:43 GMT)

Well this is a pathetic excuse. There is no way BD going to next round. They can go to next round if Pakistan beat NZ in a big margin and than Bangladesh beat Pakistan or If New Zealand and Bangladesh both beat Pakistan. Now that's never gonna happen as Pakistan is a lot better team than both of this team and I don't think Bangladesh will be able to score even 100 against Pakistan. Its a Shame how they completely gave up once Brendan start hitting them. Their Shoulder dropped and it looked like they had no wish to be there. I'm really disappointed with their performance :(

Posted by Talha_723 on (September 21, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

Stay positive Raziul, theres always hope Bangladesh are a really good team and can still do well they just need to work on it and move on and put in 100%

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (September 21, 2012, 22:35 GMT)

Don't really blame Bangladesh for the loss because the wicket offered nothing for spinners and it was too fast and bouncy compared to their pitches at home. Take nothing away from New Zealand though the pitch perfectly suited them as the wicket was green just like their own conditions. This was the match Bangladesh was hoping to win but like I said before if they couldn't win this one then they'll obviously have no chance against Pakistan.

Posted by   on (September 21, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

it was a horrible day 4 shakib. his bowling was disaster like his batting. fielding of the side was awful. tamim got out terribly and mushfiq must act as a batsman. i don't think there is any chance 4 BD to qualify 4 the next round. its almost impossible to beat pak in this format. i m really sad.

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