Australia v Bangladesh, World T20 2016, Group 2, Bangalore March 21, 2016

'Wicketless Powerplay hurt' - Mashrafe

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'We still have to be positive' - Mashrafe

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has said that his team needed to pick up wickets in the Powerplay overs of Australia's chase to have had a chance of defending 156 on a "flattish" pitch.

Led by Usman Khawaja, Australia raced to 51 for no loss in the first six overs of their innings, and eventually chased down the target with nine balls to spare.

"This ground has always been high-scoring, but still I think we got a total that we could fight it out," Mashrafe said. "First six overs were very crucial, we couldn't get any wickets. Later on, we got [Shane] Watson, but it was too late, I think. And obviously, fielding should have been a lot better." Bangladesh dropped two catches, letting off Watson on 12 and John Hastings on 0. The two finished with 21 and 3 respectively.

Mashrafe felt Bangladesh could have posted 170 if they had not lost wickets at inopportune moments at the start and middle of their innings. That they made 156 was down to an unbeaten 29-ball 49 from Mahmudullah.

Asked why Mahmudullah, who had batted at No. 5 in the two innings he had played in the tournament before this one, was demoted, Mashrafe said the batsman felt more comfortable at No. 6. "We have been promoting him. Last three matches, we were promoting him to No. 5," Mashrafe said. "He doesn't feel that confident in that particular [slot], because he feels that at No. 6 he has been scoring, so whatever he feels that he is comfortable, we try to adjust like that."

A big miss for Bangladesh in the batting department was Tamim Iqbal, who fell ill and missed the match. Mashrafe expected him to recover in time for their next match, against India on Wednesday. "I think he got a little bit of food poisoning and he was very tired at that time, so hopefully it will be fine. There are 40 hours left for the [next] match, so I think he will be all right."

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • mella-jay on March 22, 2016, 16:19 GMT

    BD was nothing until Mash came to the party, take the captain out and BD will be ZERO from HERO

  • mixmaxmad on March 22, 2016, 15:20 GMT

    well played bd.jst total bad luck 4 them.no tamim,banned taskin,jst everything went wrong 4 them.

  •   Saadman Shams on March 22, 2016, 11:57 GMT

    @ToAllThoseMashHaters oh please! Can we just stop blaming him? Stop blaming and search for positives, like seriously, when Mashrafe became captain, we started to fly high, to win matches and now Alhamdulillah we are not a minnow team anymore. I know that he made some bad decisions in the last match but please just thank him for what he has done for our country. Stop giving him more pain, he already went through 3 surgeries, maybe more, and he still fought and look where he is, Ma Shaa Allah! If our country is going to succeed, we need to support the team even through their darkest times and STOP LOOKING FOR BAD STUFFS! Please.

  • i_golam on March 22, 2016, 11:25 GMT

    I thank from my heart to Borija Majumdar for his words and his observation of BD's current problems ( Prothom Alo - today ) BD must rethink the hole process and must fix a good captain immediately and let it be Mahammudullah ! Bangladesh is a great team just need a good balanced captain and may be one more good spinner ( ? ) beside Shakib + Nasir in the middle & Imrul kayes or Anamul in oppening with Tamim & Shomaya comes in insted of Mithun ...& there you have best BD eleven !

  • Lets-bash-others on March 22, 2016, 10:54 GMT

    My sujjestion will be Mushfiq should bat at 3. He can anchor the innings and Shabbir at 4 can stabilize the Ban innings. Then if these two can stay till 10 overs with Ban at 60/2 then Shakib and Mahmudullah can capitalize in the last 10 overs.

  • Prats6 on March 22, 2016, 10:34 GMT

    For BD to be a better team, they need a better skipper. Mashrafe was hugely disappointing with tactics yesterday, which is in line with most of the matches I have seen. As a skipper he cannot even finish his 4 overs in a T20? How can he still lead the side?

  • Manik_mia on March 22, 2016, 7:06 GMT

    Mash also make few mistakes in using the bowlers properly. He could have given one more over to Al Amin. He just took the wicket of Khawaja and gave away 4 runs only. He deserved to get one more over from the same side. He was expecting too much from Saqlain who was already too expensive. Anyway, just win the next game and make us proud.

  • reaz_bd on March 22, 2016, 6:54 GMT

    Bangladesh would have done better, whatever well played, will try & do best in future, best of luck

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