Bangladesh made a decent start after opting to bat first, with opening pair Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Mohammad Naim scoring 35 runs in the first powerplay of six overs
Following defeat in the first T20I against Pakistan, Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah defended the Tigers opening pair and admitted Bangladesh were probably 10-15 runs short on a pitch where playing big shots immediately was tough for batsmen.
Bangladesh made a decent start after opting to bat first, with opening pair Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Mohammad Naim scoring 35 runs in the first powerplay of six overs.
However, both the left-handers failed to accelerate after getting set.
After the 10th over, Bangladesh were 62 for no loss and the slow start affected the batting later.
Tamim was the first to lose his wicket, in the 11th over, after scoring 39 off 34 deliveries.
Naim got out after scoring 43 off 41 deliveries.
Bangladesh went on to score 141 at the end of the innings, which was short of the average total at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Mahmudullah said the approach of the batsmen in first few overs was correct, but the finishing was not up to the mark.
“I think the way we batted in the powerplay was spot on. Tamim and Naim batted well. But when the ball was getting older, the condition of the pitch was a bit different as well. It was difficult for batsmen to play big shots straightaway after coming to the crease in the latter stage of the innings,” said Mahmudullah.
“I think we fell behind in that stage of the game. We were 10-15 runs shirt in the end. Personally, I should have finished the innings with more quick runs. Credit goes to the Pakistan bowlers as well, as they bowled well with good lines and length and executed yorker length bowling perfectly,” he added.
Mahumudullah also said they leaked some easy boundaries while defending a below par total and the fielding was not up to standard.
The experienced all-rounder and captain vowed that the team would improve their performance in next match
“In defense of 141, the game went until the last over of the match. It was a good effort from the bowlers. Still, we conceded some easy boundaries in the middle period of the innings. Also, we dropped two catches and missed sharp run out chances as well. If we can convert those, then it could have been a different story. Anyway, we will try to improve these things in tomorrow’s game and try to perform better,” he said.
The second game of the three-match series will be played at the same venue Saturday from 3pm, Bangladesh standard time.