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Mahmudullah Hopes They Have a Long Way to Go in T20 Cricket
By Shruti - Nov 12, 2019 6:58 pm
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Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah thinks his side has a long way to go in the shortest format of the game. Bangladesh have nearly won the game in the final but failed as well.

Mahmudullah
Mahmudullah

“We have a long way to go in T20 cricket. We don’t have big hitters. We have to be dependent on our skill hitting. So we are working on our game sense and become more consistent mentally,” said Mahmudullah. “As a batting unit, if we can improve then we will have more chances to win,” he added.

Needing 50 runs off the last 6 overs with six wickets in hand, Bangladesh were on the verge of winning here on Sunday but lost wickets very cheaply.

“I am not sure whether it was composure or not. But if you see, we did similar kind of mistakes probably in few games in recent times. That’s where I think big teams are quite good and very consistent in these situations and they can chase down this sort of total,” he thinks. “Having said that, the wicket was very good to chase on. Our bowlers did a very good job to restrict them to 174. We just didn’t finish well.”

Not many expected Bangladesh would give an equal fight in the absence of senior players Tamim Iqbal and the suspended Shakib Al Hasan but they did pretty well.

“If you analyse these three games, I think we played good cricket. But T20 cricket is such a format, if you lose momentum it’s very hard to get it back. We were very close in this game but as we lost 3-4 wickets in 6 or 7 balls and that’s the crucial part of that game,” said the captain.

Read here: Losing Wickets Quickly Cost Us 3rd T20I, Says Mahmudullah

Mahmudullah said that the experienced players like him and Mushfiqur Rahim should have anchored the game till the end.

“I can’t blame Mushy. He won us the game in Delhi. So you can’t say he failed miserably. Yeah, if you say about today’s game, yes we failed. That I agree.”

Mahmudullah
Mahmudullah

He said that the performances of opener Naim, pacer Al-Amin Hossan and spinner Aminul Islam were the positives of the India series.

“Al Amin was brilliant. I think he is one of the best T20 bowlers from our country. I personally feel that. International or domestic cricket, he is always a consistent performer. Naim’s innings was beautiful to watch. I am feeling bad that we could not finish it. That’s why I have more regret. Because he batted so well. We should have finished it for him,” he added.

Their key pacer Mustafizur Rahman went wicketless in the three-match series but the captain backed him and believed he will come back stronger from this setback.

“I think every player faces such a time when in four, five or six matches, you can’t perform as your team expects. We all know that he is a champion bowler and sometimes as a team we expect more from him. He is concerned about his form but I don’t think he needs to take a break or be dropped. You have to support a champion bowler, he is our match winning bowler. When he will return to full rhythm, Bangladesh will win matches,” the captain concluded.

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