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‘Afghanistan outplayed us,’ admits Shakib

From Bangladesh’s point of view, the first T20 international of the series against Afghanistan went astray – the visitors could barely stand in front of buzzing Afghans; their bowlers performed, their batsmen performed and their body language performed even better. A loss of 45 runs in context of the shortest version of the game is fairly a demolishing one. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ‘সব বিভাগেই আমরা উড়ে গেছি ‘]

Thereafter skipper Shakib Al Hasan walked close enough to admit all the lacking his team showed in the particular match, “They’re a good side, and they outplayed us in all three departments,” he said.

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Acknowledging that a plentiful things will have to be done before rest of the series, Shakib Al Hasan said, “Generally we bowled well, except for the last four overs which cost us the match. Giving away those many runs was not ideal. We have lot to do. Need to sit down and look at the areas which we need to improve.”

“When you’re chasing 170-odd runs, you need to bat well. Credit to them the way they bowled. They’ve got some quality spinners,” said Shakib. Afghan spin trio Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi shared 6 wickets of the innings in between them bowling 11 overs.

About Mahmudullah Riyad, who didn’t find any opportunity to try with the ball, Shakib said it was a difficult call.

“These things happen in cricket. Now it is asked why I did not hand him the ball? But if he bowled and was hit for three sixes, then everyone would ask why regular bowlers did not bowl instead of Mahmudullah,” Shakib said.

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