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Shakib rues losing wickets to occasional bowler


shakib rues losing wickets to occasional bowler


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After the half way mark of Bangladesh innings, they were on 142 for the loss of two wickets, with two of their best batsmen, Tamim Iqbal on 66 and Mushfiqur Rahim on 46, well set in the crease.

That time, it looked like Bangladesh were well on course of setting up a total around 300 runs, or even 330-340, which could later put huge pressure on India during their run-chance.

But unfortunately, Bangladesh failed to capitalize on their momentum, losing three wickets for 25 runs in 45 balls that led to yet another Bangladesh middle-order batting collapse, and in the end they were restricted to a moderate total of 264 for seven in 50 overs.

It all started when part-time bowler Kedar Jadhav was introduced, and instead of taking the full advantage on him, Bangladeshi batsmen threw away wickets to this occasional spinner.

“We were in a really good position to score 300 or 320, then it would have been a different game,” said Shakib, who was unable to resurrect the innings. “Losing two wickets to an occasional bowler obviously didn’t help. From there they got momentum and kept bowling in good areas, and that put us under a lot of pressure.”

As disappointing as the fact that the key wickets fell to a part-timer was the nature of the dismissals. While Tamim was bowled trying to slog Jadhav out of the ground, Mushfiqur slapped a low full toss straight to midwicket.

“All the teams try to target part-time bowlers. Sometimes it will bring you success and sometimes not,” said Shakib. “In that situation it was important for them to bat another five or 10 overs like we did against New Zealand. If they could have continued until the 40th over then both would have had a hundred and who knows, maybe we could have made 330 or 340. That was the game-changing period I would say.”

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