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Cricket news - Disappointed with the manner we bowled: Shakib

Yes, disappointed with the results"

Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh all-rounder, rued his team's bowling performance following the 106-run loss at the hands of England in the World Cup encounter in Cardiff. While crediting the England openers and Jos Buttler was setting up the home team's mammoth total of 386, which Bangladesh fell well short despite Shakib's hundred, the all-rounder pointed at his team's inability to strike at regular intervals as the reason for the loss.

"Yes, disappointed with the results, or the manner we actually bowled. I thought we bowled really, really well against South Africa and against New Zealand. " But you know, obviously England played brilliantly. Credit goes to their batsman. The way their openers started, and the way [Jos] Buttler finished the innings was, you know, the turning point of the match I think," Shakib said at the post-match media conference on Saturday (June 8).

"That's been their pattern for the last two, three years, by building up to this World Cup," said Shakib when asked about England's batting performance. "So they are not changing in this World Cup the way their approach was going for last two, three years. So we knew that it's always going to be tough for us. We knew that we had to take wickets in regular intervals in order to keep the momentum down, which we couldn't do today. I think that's why we lost the match.

"I thought anything between 320 to 330 was something we could have feel much comfortable. I think we had two wickets down and 30 overs, 180 on the board. So from there on, you can think of chasing something like 320, 330, if you keep wickets in hand. But 380 was always against our chase or favour," he added.

While the result of the game was not in favour of Bangladesh, Shakib's fine run in the World Cup continued as he registered his third successive fifty-plus score, with his latest being a 119-ball 121 while none of the other batsmen from his side crossed 50. The left-hander has scored a half-century in six of his last seven innings in ODIs, with five of those coming at the number three position.

"It is different. You need to face some different challenges. But I'm enjoying at this moment," said Shakib about batting at No. 3. "But having said that, you know, just the start, I need to contribute as much as I can with both bat and ball. I thought it's a better opportunity for me, you know, to contribute more with the bat. So at this moment, I'm enjoying, but having said that, you know, there are plenty more matches in this tournament and after that."

One of the challenges that Shakib had to overcome, particularly in this game, was to overcome the England pace battery, with the hosts unleashing Jofra Archer and Mark Wood on Bangladesh. "They are quick. It was a difficult challenge, but I enjoyed it. Obviously they are the two quickest bowlers in this World Cup, so I knew that it's going to be tough, but you know, felt very happy with the way I played them," said Shakib.

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