27 Oct 2021, 20:49

Mahmudullah stresses on reassessing Tigers batting plan

   DHAKA, Oct 27, 2021 (BSS)-Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad emphasized 
on reassessing the batting plan after his side's eight-wicket defeat to 
England in their second match of the Super 12 phase of the Twenty20 World Cup 
at Sheikh Jayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi today.

   This was Bangladesh's second successive defeat following the five-wicket 
loss to Sri Lanka which almost left their aspiration to seal the semifinal 
sot in danger.

   "Definitely, we were disappointed with the batting, it was a good wicket 
but we didn't start well and didn't have any partnerships in the middle 
either," Mahmudullah said after the match. 

   Bangladesh won the crucial toss and as it was expected they chose to bat 
first. But the batters seemed to lack a proper execution of the shot as they 
were restricted to a below par 124-9. 

   England raced to the victory with plenty overs remaining as they sealed 
the deal by making 126-2 in just 14.1 overs. Jason Roy led the charge with a 
marauding 38 ball-61 that included five fours and three sixes.

   What hurt Bangladesh was that most of their batters including Mahmudullah 
got a start but simply failed to carry it.

   "We've been lacking a good start, on these wickets it gets difficult later 
on. We are more skilled hitters than power hitters, we don't want to change 
that because we believe we can post good totals. (But) we need to reassess 
and come up with a good plan," he added.

   Bangladesh will take on West Indies in their next match on Friday at 
Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The Caribbean side also tasted defeats in both of 
their games at the hands of England and South Africa. 

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