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Can't always have intensity levels up in international cricket - Domingo

Bangladesh coach says loss in third T20I against New Zealand just a blip in a successful recent period

Mohammad Isam
Mohammad Isam
Nurul Hasan puts in the dive as Rachin Ravindra breaks the stumps, Bangladesh vs New Zealand, 1st T20I, Dhaka, September 5, 2021

Bangladesh collapsed rapidly in chase  •  AFP via Getty Images

From the point Liton Das fell in the third over, in which he had already struck Cole McConchie for two fours, Bangladesh hit just one more boundary in the rest of their innings. By drying up the runs, the New Zealand bowlers picked up wickets regularly, resulting in a 52-run win in the third T20I.
Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo felt that the home side's downfall came through that moment, when they lost early wickets and it quickly devolved into a full-blown batting collapse. Bangladesh fell from 23 for no loss in the third over, to lose half their side for 43 runs in the tenth over, before getting bowled out for 76 in the 20th over.
"I don't think there was a problem in approach in batting," Domingo said. "We want to try to stay ahead of the run-rate. Once you are behind, it gets difficult to catch up. We want to start positively. Unfortunately we lost a few early wickets, and then we lost wickets in clusters. It is very difficult for the new batsman to come in and start knocking the ball around. It was probably the issue. We got off to a good start, 20 runs in two overs, but we lost four or five wickets in the next four or five overs. It set us back massively."
Domingo admitted that they expected the pitch to play as it did in the previous game, where Mahmudullah described it as improving in the second half of the match. New Zealand lost the second game by four runs, and while they didn't look too comfortable during the chase, it was felt that perhaps the dew played a part with how the spinners bowled.
"[128] was probably par score. We were hoping it would skid on a little bit like it did the other night. The wicket didn't get better, probably got worse. But having been 20 from two overs, needing another 110, I am disappointed with the way the game finished," he said.
But Domingo wasn't going to lash out on his players, at least not in public, after only their third defeat in the last 11 T20Is since mid-July. "The boys have been fantastic. They have played a lot of cricket in the last couple of weeks. You expect in international level that you won't always have your intensity where it needs to be.
"I can't fault the guys at the way they have gone about their business in the last two or three months. The energy has been great. The intensity with which they played has been fantastic," he said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84