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Wiese laments Khulna’s poor performance

  • Published at 09:45 pm January 8th, 2019
Mahmudullah
Khulna Titans' Mahmudullah walks back to the dressing room following his dismissal during their BPL match against Dhaka Dynamites in Mirpur Tuesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

It was also Khulna Titans' second defeat in as many matches at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur

Khulna Titans suffered a heavy defeat against a strong Dhaka Dynamites outfit and their South African big-hitting all-rounder David Wiese lamented the poor bowling and fielding, which took them out of the contest in their second BPL T20 game. 

It was also Khulna’s second defeat in as many matches at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

“I think [Tuesday] was a disappointment in all aspects. When we started to bowl we didn’t execute our plans and in fielding we missed a couple of chances as well. Batting was always going to be tough chasing 190 and we needed to get a good start and maintain that the whole time. Our back was against the wall from the start. We will be playing (Wednesday), and we want to use that opportunity. We have to improve quite a bit in the field in the next game, and we need to take the half chances, and just keep the momentum going,” Wiese explained at the post-match press conference.

Khulna are the only team in the tournament to have played two games and yet to win one, and with games coming thick and fast, they will need to get their act together if they are to make the playoffs. 

Wiese believes the team have struck the right balance, and has the proper combination to get the desired results. 

“I don’t think we are struggling. Our coaches are trying really hard to improve the performances that will make an impact late in the tournament. But combination-wise I think that it is just spot on, and now it’s up to the players to go and put up a big performance in the field,” Wiese added. 

Every team will face each other twice during the group stages and Khulna will have a chance at redemption against Dhaka and Rangpur Riders – two of the tournament favourites on paper and on current form – and Wiese is of the opinion that it is very much possible in the T20 format. 

“I think that any team in any day can beat any team. In the shortest format, one person can take the game away and we saw that in their opening partnership. There are lots of quality players, and they know the conditions and we can compete,” Wiese concluded. 

Dhaka displayed their batting prowess by putting on a formidable total of 192, and Hazratullah Zazai was the chief destroyer opening the batting, scoring 57 from 36 deliveries. 

The wicket in Mirpur has been a bit too paced from the beginning of the tournament, and the batsmen needed to get set at the crease before playing their shots.

“(It) was a different day and the wicket was little difficult too as the ball was keeping low,” Zazai said at the post-match press conference. 

Zazai created headlines when he hit six consecutive sixes in the Afghan League, and the West Indies’ Chris Gayle is a player he idolises. 

“I like Chris Gayle. I don’t copy his shots. I just play my natural game. The way Gayle bats gives me confidence in my own game,” admitted a very frank Zazai.

Zazai was surprised to have been included in the starting XI with more senior and experienced T20 stars like Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine.

 “I didn’t think that I will play the first match. Then the coach told, ‘you will play in the first match,’ and that time I became really excited. The team includes (Ian) Bell, Pollard, Russell and Narine and when I heard that I was playing at that time I became very happy,” Zazai concluded.

5TH MATCH, DDvKT

DHAKA DYNAMITES INNINGS    R    B

Zazai c Ariful b Stirling        57    36

Narine c Ali b Wiese        19    14

Rony c Ariful b Mahmudullah    28    18

Shakib c Shoriful b Stirling    0    1

Pollard c Mahmudullah b Ali     27    16

Russell c & b Wiese        25    22

Shuvagata not out        11    7

Nurul not out            9    6

Extras (b 8, lb 2, w 6)        16 

Total (20 Overs)        192/6 

Fall Of Wickets

1-67 (Narine), 2-110 (Rony), 3-113 (Zazai), 4-113 (Shakib), 5-168 (Pollard), 6-171 (Russell)

Bowling

Ali 3-0-26-1, Shoriful 3-0-50-0, Wiese 4-0-24-2, Mahmudullah 3-0-26-1, Zahir 4-0-35-0, Stirling 1-0-2-2, Taijul 2-0-19-0

KHULNA TITANS            R    B

Stirling c Russell b Shakib         1    5

Junaid c Mizanur b Shakib         31    16

Jahurul c Rubel b Narine        1    5

Mahmudullah c Pollard b Shuvagata     8    7

Shanto c Russell b Mohor         13    15

Ariful not out                19    19

Wiese b Shakib             6    7

Taijul run out (Mizanur/Nurul)    2    3

Shoriful c Rubel b Narine        0    2

Zahir run out (Rubel/Nurul)        0    0

Ali Khan absent hurt            -    -

Extras (lb 1, nb 1, w 4)            6 

Total (13 Overs)            87 all out 

Fall Of Wickets

1-5 (Stirling), 2-34 (Jahurul), 3-35 (Junaid), 4-54 (Mahmudullah), 5-60 (Shanto), 6-83 (Wiese), 7-86 (Taijul), 8-86 (Shoriful), 9-87 (Zahir)

Bowling

Russell 2-0-9-0, Shakib 3-0-18-3, Narine 3-0-20-2, Rubel 2-0-22-0, Shuvagata 1-0-4-1, Mohor 2-0-13-1

Dhaka Dynamites won by 105 runs

MoM: Hazratullah Zazai (DD)