Bangladesh suffered a shocking 2-wicket loss at the hands of Pakistan in the first warm-up match ahead of the ICC Chamoions Trophy 2017 on May 27. Though it was just a warm-up match and won’t be counted as an official one in the record books, both the players as well as the spectatators are still in the hangover.
Pakistan scored 82 runs in last six overs with just two wickets in hand, which now provides the Tigers a much needed wake-up call that they can not take anyone or any match for granted, no matter how safe they seem to feel.
Quite naturally, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is very disappointed at the stunning defeat, “Defeat is never a good thing, even if it’s just a warm-up match. At the same time it’s also true that other than winning the game, getting accustomed to the conditions is more important when it comes to a warm-up match.
“It gives you the opportunity to get to know about your strengths and weaknesses. From that perspective, this defeat was a great learning curve for us. Glad that it happened prior to the tournament proper, so we have still time to make things up.”
In the end, Mashrafe wants to take positives from the loss, as he said: “We now understand how we have to bring change to our mentality. From cricketing point of view, in which sections do we need to bring changes about. For example, we must improve our fielding. If we had won the match after so many missed catches, this important issue could have been overshadowed.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com