Bang v Afghanistan, World T20, Group A, Mirpur March 16, 2014

'We are not a team to lose like this' - Nabi


Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi said they perished under pressure although they had talked up the weight of expectations on the home side. Gracious under fire, Nabi said that his team wasn't overconfident, and praised Bangladesh's spinners.

This was the fourth time Afghanistan were bowled out for less than 100 runs in T20 internationals , three of them now coming against Test-playing nations.

"We didn't handle the pressure well so we lost," Nabi said. "We enjoyed the big game, the pressre game. We weren't overconfident. It's a part of the game. Today Bangladesh played very well, that's why they won the game. Otherwise we are not a team to lose like this. The conditions, the pitch was a little too difficult as well."

Despite the talk of building pressure on Bangladesh, Afghanistan themselves were troubled by a big loss to Zimbabwe in the warm-up game two days ago, and a worrying batting trend against spin. All of these problems came together for Afghanistan on an important occasion.

The ball did turn from the start, even when Nabi and Karim Sadiq bowled early in the Bangladesh innings. Nabi also defended his batsmen when asked if their aggressive approach was wrong. However, he said the batsmen would have to work on their approach against quality spinners.

"We didn't expect that kind of a pitch too much but they bowled very well and got the extra bounce so we struggled in the middle," he said. "If we had scored a bit more, it could have been a good game.

"Since the Asia Cup, we have been struggling against quality spinners. We will try to improve against them. We will try our best to be stronger in the next two games. We just threw one or two wickets away, [Mohammad] Shehzad and Gulbadin [Naib]. Otherwise, two run outs and two good balls. We can't play like that. We need to improve," he said.

Following Shahzad's first-ball dismissal, Najeeb Tarakai and Gulbadin Naib staged a recovery by adding 36 before the latter gave Sabbir Rahman a chance to make amends after dropping him the previous ball. It triggered a collapse, from which they never recovered.

Nabi said they are now pinning their hopes on a Bangladesh loss to either Nepal or Hong Kong, which would reopen their bid for the main draw. "We will try our best to win both games," Nabi said. "It's cricket, nothing can be said. If Bangladesh lose one game, we might come back."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • KH. RAFIQUE on March 18, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    @Sher Zadah on (March 17, 2014, 5:32 GMT) Kindly don't talk rubbish.'After 13 years here they are... Imagine 10 years more where they will be... ' sorry mate CRICKET doesn't go like that otherwise ENG must have been WORLD BEATers in cricket as they have more than 120 years of cricketing history.What do you think?Dont be so NAIVE.But all the very best from BAN.

  • Android on March 17, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    when Afghanistan provides proper cricket grounds and also safety to their players and safety for others nations to play inside the country, that a the only way they will improved their games so until than Taliban will keep away everyone out of the country. u cant play while keep thinking when u aren't safe around there yet

  • Android on March 17, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    we r not comparing with afgan.they r underdog always.everyday is not sunday my dear afgan fans.u can b good fighter or bomber but not a good player.afgan players proved it yesterday. lol its so funny wen som1 like afgan compare wth us.

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Our captain said that we are not a team to lose like this to me a loss is a loss and we lose to Bangladesh with a big margin also I have to say this that we also beat Bangladesh in Asia Cup also a lot of people are talking about records or wins by Afghanistan / Bangladesh team let's be fair and do not compare both teams Afghanistan just got Associate Status 6 months ago where Bangladesh got it more than 15 or 20 years ago experience wise Bangladesh is way ahead of Afghanistan I think if Bangladesh and Afghanistan can play a 5 ODI series and a 3 T20 series before the world cup 2015 it will be good for fans and cricket thanks again and we lost this time Congrats to Bangladesh

  • Dummy4 on March 17, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Well Bangladish Cant Aim Bigger than this... lol After getting Test Status in 1999 they still compare themselves with Afghanistan, Is this what they Call Progress!!!! Afghanistan is not a test nation yet... After 2001 Name of AFG Cricket came into Global Cricketing World. After 13 years here they are... Imagine 10 years more where they will be... If Bangladish Campares themselves with Afg where they dont have any test Status soon In Shaa Allah when they get their Test status then they will be compared with Cricket Giants like Ind,Aus,Sa,Pak ..Etc. Mark my words People.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on March 17, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    @ wapuser on (March 16, 2014, 19:35 GMT) Are you in day dreams?Its a very colorful life mate,isn't?But mark my word that soon you get the TEST status you would find the difficulty to go through the wind.Don't hurry.Take your time and target 2020 to get the TEST status.

  • Ekram on March 17, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    1 down 2 more to go, Tigers don't let your guard down. No room for complacency, please!! Study the opponent to find out their strengths & weaknesses and plan/execute like a pro. All the best.

  • Smart on March 17, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    @ Mohammad Burhani - I hope you were kidding by saying, "We (AFG) are better in 50 overs but Bangladesh is better in T20." REALLY? One ODI win against BD makes people say whatever they want in AFG's favor. ENJOY THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, but please do not lose your SENSE OF JUDGEMENT. In ODI, BD whitewashed NZ just a few months ago. Is it wise to say "BD is better than NZ in ODI"? I do not think so! NZ recently made IND look like a lower ranked team than BD. Does that mean BD is better team than IND? NOT AT ALL.

  • M.G. on March 17, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    @ex-surreal: you seem to find nothing good about a fine win by BD, their first in 2014. You're clearly one of the BanglaBashers. You should rather stay away, and have Bangla enjoy their success, be it against a weak team like Afg. You surely came down hard, along with your herd of BD bashers, two weeks ago when BD lost to Afg in AsiaCup, saying Afg is better then BD; and now this duplicity, - it seems BD can't do right anyways to these haters. Yes, BD were going through a lean time lately, but your short memory may not hold the fact that BD team have defeated all the big teams in the recent past, just go back no farther then last AsiaCup, and you'll find the facts if you care to read; you forget NZ's gross defeat to BD lately, and those of WI and others. Hope these facts can open up your eyes to see BD's succcess in true color, rather than in the color of your choice. Go Tigers Go...