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Shakib: Bangladesh need to iron out few areas before T20 WC

Bangladesh take on Pakistan Thursday morning with the aim of recording consolation win

Update : 12 Oct 2022, 08:31 PM

Bangladesh T20I captain Shakib al Hasan said his side need to fix a few areas before the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup, as they bid to end the tri-nation series with a consolation win against Pakistan Thursday morning.

Bangladesh Wednesday lost their third successive game in the T20I tri-series, conceding a 48-run loss chasing a mammoth 208 against hosts New Zealand.

The tourists, with several changes in the playing XI, opted to bowl first but on a batting friendly wicket, the visiting bowlers failed to stick to the process and leaked heavy runs.

In pursuit of the target, the top-order did get to score runs but it was only Shakib at No 4 who could stay in the middle and keep the scoreboard ticking along.

The left-handed batter topped the Bangladesh innings with a 44-ball 70, laced with eight boundaries and one over boundary, but none of the remaining batters following the Bangladesh skipper were able to reach double figure.

“When you score runs you feel better but having said that we played well, the pitch was different than the other one. New Zealand put a good total and we were always behind in the game. If we had scored 15-20 runs it would've been better,” said Shakib at the post-match presentation.  

“Losing wickets cost us the game too. If you look at our last three games, we've been losing wickets consistently every few overs, and you don't get momentum. You are left forcing to build innings. We are not that far, we have a few areas we need to fix. We know what exactly the T20 World Cup team is, we were just trying to give some guys a game to understand the best combination for the T20 World Cup,” he added.

With Bangladesh taking on Pakistan in their last game of the series Thursday, Shakib is optimistic of securing at least one win before travelling to Australia for the T20 World Cup, scheduled to begin next week. 

“We'll approach [Thursday] to try and win the game [against Pakistan]. That's why it is an important match,” said Shakib.

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