Bangladesh, coming with a 1-0 lead in the series, had a batting struggle and collapsed with 143 on the board, and found Zimbabwe grab a rare win by 23-run margin to level the series 1-1
Bangladesh T20I captain Mahmudullah is happy with the approach the team have shown while chasing 167 runs against hosts Zimbabwe in the second match of the three-T20I series at Harare Sports Club Friday.
Bangladesh, coming with a 1-0 lead in the series, had a batting struggle and collapsed with 143 on the board, and found Zimbabwe grab a rare win by 23-run margin to level the series 1-1.
Chasing 167, Bangladesh had debutant middle-order batsman Shamim Hossain score most with a flashy 29.
The left-handed batsman faced 13 deliveries and the innings was laced with three boundaries and two over boundaries.
“Not disappointed with the batting approach. When you are chasing 160 runs you have to take risk upfront. We were under some pressure as we had lost two three wickets early and we kept on losing wickets regularly. A 30- or 50-run partnership had become important for us. Having that would have carried us close to the target and winning could have become easy,” said Mahmudullah following the game at HSC.
“Shamim is a wonderful talent for Bangladesh cricket. He had a good debut. Unfortunately we could not win the game but as a batsman he did well in the middle. It would have been better if he had finished the job. He even bowled an over. I think he is a handy all-rounder to have in the team,” the all-rounder said regarding the newest member in the Bangladesh dressing room.
Bangladesh missed top-order batsman Liton Das and left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman due to separate injuries.
Mustafizur’s ankle niggle and Liton hobbling off in the last game following a left thigh injury saw right-arm pacer Taskin Ahmed in action and Shamim make his maiden appearance.
Bangladesh on the occasion had tweaked the batting line-up and sent Mahedi Hasan to bat at No 3.
The hard-hitting right-handed batsman added 15 off 19 with two boundaries.
“We had Liton as opener in our previous game but unfortunately he got injured and [Mohammad] Naim and Soumya [Sarkar] had given us a good partnership. So the team management thought it will be good to have right-left batting combination. Mahedi bats in top order in domestic arena so we thought to give him the chance to go out there and express himself,” said Mahmudullah.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t click as a batting group. There was no partnership. For me the start is always important when you are chasing a score of some 160. We couldn’t do that the result did not come to our favor,” the Bangladesh T20I skipper further added.
Bangladesh in their last game of the tour will take on hosts Zimbabwe in the third and final T20I.