Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, has said that his batsmen hardly made an effort as they went down in a humiliating 177-run loss to West Indies in the second ODI. He questioned the team's ability to fight or will to win after they were involved in yet another collapse, losing their last seven wickets for 13 runs to be dismissed for 70. It was their biggest loss to West Indies in ODIs, and their second-lowest one-day total after being twice bowled out for 58 in the last three years.
"None of them even tried," Mushfiqur said of his team-mates. "Everyone feels guilty when they play badly, but if they had been a bit more inspired to play for the country, it would have got us closer to the target and given us some confidence going into the next game."
Bangladesh started cautiously before losing three quick wickets and leaving Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur to restart the 248-run chase. It was the captain's wicket that began the collapse, as he saw a Sunil Narine delivery bounce more than he anticipated and edged it to Denesh Ramdin. Mahmudullah followed next ball while Tamim, Sohag Gazi and Nasir Hossain all fell one after the other in a very short span to hand the home side their first ODI series win since February last year.
Mushfiqur blamed the openers for not proving a solid base, and said that there was no sense of responsibility among the batsmen. "Our plan was to bat normally for five to ten overs. It was a good batting wicket. If we had a good opening partnership, we could have taken the game further. But some of the batsmen got out poorly.
"Nobody batted with responsibility. I don't think anyone among the eleven players fought, showed pride to play for the country or showed a deep desire to win. The shameful loss is a result of this."
Bangladesh have arrived in Basseterre, St Kitts to play the third ODI and the solitary T20. They won their only ODI here in July 2009 and Mushfiqur said the batting would have to be much better if Bangladesh were to avoid 0-3. "We have played in St Kitts before," Mushfiqur said. "The wicket is flat and the ground is comparatively smaller. But wherever you play, you have to do the job properly.
"Their bowlers will be the same, so we have to bat more responsibly. Our ball selection has to be better. When the bowlers don't get any help from the wicket, the onus is on the batsmen to do well."