Bangladesh v New Zealand, World T20 2016, Group 2, Kolkata March 26, 2016

Defeat sums up our World T20 - Hathurusingha

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'Disappointed with the way we approached the chase' - Hathurusingha

Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha has said his team's 75-run defeat to New Zealand on Bangladesh's independence day summed up their World T20 campaign - flashes of brilliant play that never evolved into complete performances.

"If you look at the start [today] we were a bit lethargic, we were lackadaisical in our fielding, then some brilliance in between with our bowlers and then we finished poorly with the bat," Hathurasingha said. "For me it sums up the whole World Cup - we had some brilliant moments, we were in the game, we were competitive but then again we were so [near yet so] far."

Hathurusingha faulted his batsmen's approach on a "two-paced" Eden Gardens surface where he reckoned New Zealand had scored about 20 runs too many. However, he disagreed with the suggestion that Bangladesh batsmen were a tad too indiscrete with their shots and not prepared to knuckle down. "We are disappointed with how we approached the total," he said. "If we had about 120 [to chase] it could have been a different story but then again I can say that we didn't [play] intelligently enough to chase this score down.

"The batting approach was wrong and the conditions were not easy because the wicket was slowing down. [But] all credit to New Zealand's bowlers. They read the conditions well and Kane Williamson used the bowlers very well.

"We batted well in most matches according to the conditions and I thought we batted well apart from this game and the Australia game, [where] we should have got little more runs at the start."

Hathurusingha also defended slotting Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim down the order - they came out to bat at numbers six and seven respectively against New Zealand - as a necessary gambit to close out games, particularly in the absence of many quality batsmen at their disposal. "We want our experienced batsmen to finish the game that's the reason Riyad [Mahmudullah] and Mushi were there," he said.

"In a team we need to have some kind of roles according to their strengths. Of course we agree we don't have many world-class players but we are trying to manage [with] what we have to the best of our abilities. That's the reason why we have tactically used certain players in certain places."

His reasoning for picking Shuvagata Hom ahead of Nasir Hossain, who played only game in the first round, was vaguer, though. Hathurasingha felt it was a "management decision" based on Hom providing better "all-round" balance. While Hom managed only 29 runs from three innings in the World T20, he was slightly more successful with the ball with an economy rate of 6.62 from eight overs.

Hathurasingha said Bangladesh's win-less campaign was not a fair reflection of the gains they had made over the last two years, and conceded that they had a "hell of a lot" to improve upon. "I won't say we are back to square one," he said. "We have shown some improvement in T20 cricket than before but we competed with some very good sides like Australia and India, and we were in a tough group as well.

"I think we need to improve a hell of a lot specially the little things, the one-percenters. And then we have enough skill in this group to compete and probably win something very soon. Our average score [in the past] was 135-136 but now we score [a] little more than that even on difficult wickets.

"Our bowling has improved. Our planning was pretty good and players are improving. That's all I can ask. Results will come but if you are expecting results sooner it is difficult because there are good teams in our group. But then again we could have done much better in some other games."

Arun Venugopal is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. @scarletrun

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  • Manik_mia on March 29, 2016, 7:27 GMT

    There are some ignorant who keep on claiming T20 is a measure for test inclusion. Its really funny.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 28, 2016, 5:13 GMT

    Afgan deserves test status. If they play regularly, they will beat BD 9 out of 10 times. BD running on fans claims. They won different cups based on that!

  • indianzen on March 27, 2016, 6:10 GMT

    BD lost it because of lack of respect for opponents. BD is an improved team alright, but beating the top 6 will take atleast another 5-6 years... Team has dead weight like Al Amin, Mushfiqur, Mithun Ali, Shuvagata, Sowma Sarkar who are eating up talents of Mustafizur, Sakib, Sabbir etc... On the other side see Afganistan, they brought a new brand of fearless cricket and really wining hearts of cricket lovers. I would not be surprised if Afgans get ODI status in another 4-5 years...

  • Jiit on March 27, 2016, 5:13 GMT

    You say Bangladesh played well against India? Well they did not because we played badly...remember we dropped 3 catches. Had those been taken you all would summed by 120

  • mahbub4149 on March 27, 2016, 4:06 GMT

    Apart from all the suggestions, I want to point out the fragile condition of BD's opening(batting) pair. We do not have an useful partner with Tamim Iqbal. Sommo was playing well in one day matches but flopped in T 20's. Our team can not afford the pressure of Tamim's early out. This is not a matured sign.We need a consistent opening partner with Tamim. It could be Imrul Kayes due to his cool attitude where Tamim is aggresaive.

  • mahbub4149 on March 27, 2016, 3:57 GMT

    Apart from all the suggestions, I want to point out the fragile condition of BD's opening(batting) pair. We do not have an useful partner with Tamim Iqbal. Sommo was playing well in one day matches but flopped in T 20's. Our team can not afford the pressure of Tamim's early out. This is not a matured sign.We need a consistent opening partner with Tamim. It could be Imrul Kayes due to his cool attitude where Tamim is aggresaive.

  • jahangir7g on March 27, 2016, 2:49 GMT

    Requesting to do home work after before deploying your team in field - pitch is so slow but your team trying to return back home as early with playing hard.

    2nd thing- team players are not consulting each other in field- specially in batting - how they should bat situation wise- if they do so , result of India -bangladesh match might be different. You might see indian team members was consulting each others in field. why not we?

    3rd, your team members should not be so emotional - two players have gone and one match lost so closely- should not be any matter for any professional team. see we lost 75 runs at last match - means effect on IND-BD match.

    4th, please arrange to give chance to potential players to play in field. Nasir was out of many matches and Mahamuddulah was not bowling so much.

  • TOMMYTUCKERSAFFA. on March 26, 2016, 22:52 GMT

    "Of course we agree we don't have many world-class players but we are trying to manage [with] what we have to the best of our abilities." The coach itself is saying this. Sums up the quality of BD team.

  • ChrisMartin on March 26, 2016, 21:17 GMT

    @Akash Patel, well said. By the way, talking about being in tough group, LOL, will it be comfortable being in the group with Windies, ENG, and SAF ? At the most could have competed with Sri Lanka and that's about it. No matter which group BAN is in, the result would be 0-4.

  •   Shakib S Rahman on March 26, 2016, 21:10 GMT

    The biggest problem was batting order wasn't stable at all, its very hard for the batsmen to perform if their position is changing again and again. Another thing was we had a mentality that are weak in t20's...That's a psychological barrier that we could not defeat. Mithun's inclusion, Soumya's middle order position, not using an amazing keeper like Nurul was a downside from strategic perspective. Tamim-Imrul partnership has a good historic background, they enjoy themselves at any format of the game, we should use that in each and every format.

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