Skipper Shakib al Hasan said they paid the price for not being able to absorb pressure in their must win Asia Cup 2022 game against Sri Lanka in Dubai. Bangladesh ended up losing the thriller in the last over to bow out of the competition.
Bangladesh didn’t help their cause by bowling eight wides and four no-balls. To make matters worse, Sri Lanka’s top-scorer Kusal Mendis (60) was offered a reprieve in the seventh over with Mahedi Hasan bowling a no ball. Even in the last over of the game the off-spinner overstepped, which helped Sri Lanka go past Bangladesh’s total.
Bangladesh’s woes weren’t just restricted to giving away extras as Mushfiqur Rahim dropped a sitter when Mendis was on just two off Taskin Ahmed.
“No captain wants a no ball, and a spinner bowling a no ball is a crime. We bowled lot of no balls and wide balls and that is not disciplined bowling. These are pressure games and we need to learn a lot from here and move forward,” Shakib told reporters on Thursday.
“The turning point could be when our batsmen got out (at crucial moments). It proved how we can break (down) in a pressure situation. We need to improve on that skill-wise, but we break whenever there is pressure and lose the game. We need to improve a lot in the death overs,” he added.
Shakib, however, praised Ebadot Hossain for running through the Sri Lankan batting unit and picking up three wickets. Unfortunately, during his later spells, Ebadot couldn’t mix up his hard lengths with variations and finished with expensive figures of 3 for 51. On his part, Shakib said that the high-pressure game was a good learning experience for the pace bowler.
“Ebadot did not play such pressure games before. He played Tests, probably played one or two ODIs, but this kind of a pressure game is first for him. His first two overs kept us in the game and I felt he would be the best bowler of the match. We hoped that he would be in good rhythm and positive, but unfortunately it did not happen. But he can learn a lot from here.”
Shakib also observed that Bangladesh needed a group of 4-5 pacemen when they tour Australia for the T20 World Cup, as on those wickets they have to depend on pace bowlers.
“On this kind of a wicket, 12 overs need to be bowled by pace bowlers and in most cases, you would expect that. Only who can deliver will stay.”