We Didn’t Play Our Best Cricket – Mahmudullah

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We Didn’t Play Our Best Cricket – Mahmudullah"We are concerned with our batting and we have to be better as a batting unit," Mahmudullah

In under 24 hours at the 2021 T20 WC, Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah's confident smile had been wiped off his face following a narrow six-run embarrassment at the hands of Scotland in their tournament opener on Sunday (October 17).

Bangladesh's batting order failed to live up to the expectations and as a result were forced to surrender against a very smart bowling display by the Scottish bowling unit and now, as things stand, it's a do-or-die situation out there for them in the remaining two Round 1 matches if they were to progress to Super 12s.

Bangladesh went into the world event on the back of huge T20I success, earning a series win over Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe before beating Australia and New Zealand at home. Their success against the two cricketing giants on tailor-made wickets at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium was criticized more often than not considering it hardly had given their batters a chance to free their arms ahead of the World Cup, with the ball keeping low and making batting look like an enormously difficult task.

The false air of confidence Bangladesh had proved fatal when the batters failed to accelerate on a sporting wicket in Oman on Sunday and, before that, in Bangladesh's two pre-tournament warm-ups, where they lost to Sri Lanka and Ireland, even though Mahmudullah begs to differ.

“It's wrong (to say that we were carrying any false sense of confidence),” he told media after the six-run eye-opening defeat. “We were playing for those conditions (at home) and I think our batting (approach) was right for it (in the home series against Australia and New Zealand). We did score over 200 runs in a practice game (against Oman A) but today we failed to deliver,” he added.

Although refuting claims of lack of intent shown by team's seniors – Shakib scored 28-ball 20, Mushfiqur Rahman made 38 from 36 while Mahmudullah himself could muster only a 22-ball 23 – the Bangladesh skipper wanted his batters to pull up their socks.

“Naturally I am disappointed and there is no reason why I shouldn't be disappointed,” said Mahmudullah. “We are concerned with our batting and we have to be better as a batting unit and furthermore we have to play aggressive cricket because our batting is quite deep,” he said, adding that he expects better starts from his openers Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar.

“What I feel is that we failed to score runs in the powerplay that we should have utilized. When you are chasing such a score you need to have runs [provided by] the top order. In the middle, Shakib and Mushfiqur did some recovery but we lost our way again.”

Despite the loss, Mahmudullah said his team isn't losing all hopes yet but demanded an improved show going forward.

“We couldn't play our best cricket, and I feel if we could have played our best cricket, it would have been a different story and now we have to make sure that we play our best cricket in the upcoming fixtures,” he said. “If we don't rectify our mistakes (as a batting unit) and repeat it again, then it won't bring us any good.”

Bangladesh will take on co-hosts Oman in the second game on October 19 and a further slip might prove fatal.

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