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'Anything can happen in T20s'

Naimul Karim from Chittagong
Hong Kong batsmen Nadeem Ahmed (R) and Haseeb Amjad rejoice their astonishing victory over Bangladesh in their last World Twenty20 match at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday. PHOTO: ANURUP KANTI DAS
Hong Kong batsmen Nadeem Ahmed (R) and Haseeb Amjad rejoice their astonishing victory over Bangladesh in their last World Twenty20 match at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong yesterday. PHOTO: ANURUP KANTI DAS

Bangladesh eventually may have achieved their main target of making it to the big league that is the Super 10s, the unexpected defeat to Hong Kong, however, at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium has once again raised questions regarding the Tigers' form. With Bangladesh yet to enter the main phase of the World T20, the burning question that remains is whether they have managed to come out of the bad patch that has been haunting them for the last three months.

"This is a very bad feeling, whether we make it to the Super 10s or not. I never expected such a poor batting performance from our team," said captain Mushfiqur Rahim at the post-match conference.
"But having said that, anything can happen on a day in T20s, so I would say that we have a chance against all four big teams. If we play to our potential, we can win any day," he added.
After making a flying start, which saw Bangladesh score 80 runs for the loss of three wickets in the first 10 overs, the slide was almost unbelievable.
When asked if the batsmen were a touch over-confident, the captain said, "We wanted to score around 15 runs more because of the dew and make a challenging total, which was around 140-odd. We were going in that direction but we lost our way after Shakib and I got out. So we wanted to play a bit aggressive.
"I don't think the batsmen were too attacking. Tamim missed the line of the ball while trying to play a defensive shot. Shakib was the only set batsman on that wicket and he had the responsibility to not just keep the batting in shape but put up a competitive score. I could have waited to play my shots for two or three overs. But I never expected the collapse that came after me," he added.
Further expressing his disappointment regarding his side's batting he said, "Nasir hasn't been performing up to his potential. He was having problem timing the ball. I was telling them in the dugout that we needed a partnership in the lower order. It is really disappointing the way they got out."
Mushfiqur believes that the team should take the defeat as a sign to work harder for the next round.
"There is a good side to it. We could have won three games easily, then we could have been slightly unprepared against the big teams. Everyone had a bit of a practice, though they didn't score. This is proof that we have to work harder," said Mushfiqur.
Apart from the defeat the other blow for Bangladesh is Rubel Hossain's finger injury that he suffered while fielding. The captain was not too positive about his state.
"His finger isn't good, he can't hold the ball. He will have an X-ray tomorrow," said Mushfiqur.

Published: 12:01 am Friday, March 21, 2014

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