Despite amassing a huge total of 341 runs for the loss of 9 wickets thanks mainly to Tamim Iqbal’s 102 and Imrul Kayes’s 61, Bangladesh were stunned by Pakistan tailenders as they conceded a 2-wicket defeat in the first warm-up game ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Kayes said they had made too many fielding errors and informed that they will try to improve in this department of the game in the coming days.
The Bangladesh fielders kept giving opportunities to the Pakistan batsmen even when they required 13 from the last over with two wickets remaining.
Apart from Miraz, the likes of youngster Sabbir Rahman, all-rounder Shakib al Hasan and fast bowler Taskin Ahmed all dropped easy catches in various phases of the innings, thus keeping Pakistan alive in the game right till the end.
“Obviously there were a few dropped catches from the fielders which cost us the game but I think there were also a few positives to take out from the match. But I think we have to work hard and need more fielding sessions. Hopefully we will overcome these and play good cricket,” Imrul conceded to the media after the match.
“I think it’s really disappointing for us to lose the game as we were on top of the game. We batted well, bowled well but dropped catches. They let us down. And I think it’s part of the game. We will look to focus on this in the next game,” he added.
However, Kayes showered opener Tamim with praise, and believed the century Tamim got on Saturday would provide him a lot of confidence going into the Champions Trophy.
“Tamim played really well and also batted well in the previous tri-nation series. He is in good form and it will certainly boost his confidence,” he said.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com