All-rounder Shakib al Hasan said the score was never enough for Bangladesh to defend on this wicket and condition
Bangladesh T20I captain Shakib al Hasan said a score of around 170 runs could have been a competitive score against host West Indies in the first of three T20Is. Visiting Bangladesh went on to lose the game by seven wickets to an explosive Windies at Warner Park in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis Tuesday.
Asked to bat first, Bangladesh posted 143 losing nine wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Later, rain interruption saw Windies get a revised target of 91 in 11 overs, which they achieved comfortably with 11 balls to spare.
Despite a shaky start where the Tigers lost openers Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar for ducks, Bangladesh started relatively well, scoring 95 in the first 10 overs for the loss of five wickets. But the run-rate dropped in the last 10 overs due to no significant partnerships as Mahmudullah added a 27-ball 35, the highest score of Bangladesh’s innings.
All-rounder Shakib said the score was never enough for Bangladesh to defend on this wicket and condition.
“Chasing 91 is easy on surfaces like in St Kitts. We should have scored at least 170. It was tough for us to make a comeback from that,” said Shakib to the media following the game.
Chasing 143 should not have been a trouble for the explosive Windies batsmen and the revised target of 91 in 11 overs due to rain had made the task easier. The home side reached the shore with a little less than two overs to spare as all-rounder Andre Russell remained unbeaten on 35 off 21 balls with three boundaries and as many over boundaries.
“We had a decent bowling (Tuesday) against their power hitters. Our batsmen were no match for the West Indies’ power hitting ability on a wicket like this. It becomes tough when a batsman like Russell stays in the middle for 30 deliveries,” Shakib explained.
Meanwhile, Tamim’s dismissal was unique to say the least. The left-handed batsman emerged as the only batsman to get stumped off the first ball of the innings. Soumya’s bad run of form on the other hand continued as he also departed two balls later without opening his tally.
Later, Shakib and the right-handed Liton Das partnered for a 38-run stand for the third wicket and this was followed by a 47-run partnership between all-rounder Mahmudullah and wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim for the fifth wicket.
Bangladesh reached 100 in 11 overs but in the last nine overs could add only 43 losing four wickets during this phase.
“We had scored 100 in 11 overs but we had already lost five wickets by then. It was tough for us to bounce back from the situation. We do not have batsmen like Carlos Brathwaite or Russell who can single handedly change the course of the game,” said Shakib.
“We lost wickets in crucial times and failed to put (up) big partnerships, despite getting a start. Lost two wickets in the last over of the power play. Overall, we failed to utilise the moments in this game and eventually failed to put (up) a big score,” he added.