Shakib Al Hasan has said that playing loose shots in the middle overs cost Bangladesh the game against India in the second semi-final and it was the turning point of the match too. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ সাকিবের চোখে বড় হারের কারণ]
Bangladesh had Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim batting for a while after the early blows. They added 123 runs for the third wicket. Suddenly, a part-time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav came and changed the momentum of the game by dismissing these two.
“The way we performed today was very disappointing,” Shakib said. “We were in a good position to get 320 or 330. The batsmen were looking good to make individual hundreds and get us to 320.
“But India bowled a few dot balls. And because it was a part-time bowler, the batsmen tried to score more runs and in doing that, they lost wickets. Losing two wickets to an occasional bowler obviously didn’t help. And from there on they kept on bowling in good areas and that put us under a lot of pressure.
“We have played enough games to know these things happen. We are all experienced people. Bowlers bowl good balls and sometimes you can’t score runs. It doesn’t mean you panic and play big shots and get out. We played some silly shots. And on this wicket, a score of 260 or 270 is not even par.
“In that situation, it was important for them to bat another five or 10 overs, like the way I did with Mahmudullah against New Zealand. If they could have batted until the 40th over, both would have scored their hundreds and we might have made 330 or 340.
“That was the game-changing period. It is disappointing. Playing in a semi-final is a big thing for us but we were nowhere near our best,” he explained.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com