Upset over loss to Zimbabwe, Bangladesh’s new T20I captain says team needs to improve quickly

Craig Ervine’s Zimbabwe blasted 205/3 in the allotted 20 overs, with Wesley Madhevere and Sikandar Raza scoring quick half-centuries to give Bangladesh a tough target. Several top and middle order batsmen made a confident start but none could convert them into big scores as Bangladesh fell 17 runs short while chasing the target.

With the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia less than three months away, it was a wakeup call for Bangladesh, which had not indulged themselves in glory in the previous edition of the global event in the United Arab Emirates last year.

Newly-appointed T20 captain Nurul Hasan, who became the leading run-scorer for his team with an unbeaten 42, said, “I think we failed to bowl in good areas in the last five to six overs and he batted really well.

“There are areas (bowling in the last five to six overs) in which we need to improve before the next match,” the ICC quoted the captain as saying.

Bangladesh have now lost 13 of their last 14 T20 matches.

Bangladesh allowed Wesley Madhevere (67 not out) and Sikandar Raza (65 not out) to score 77 runs in the last five overs of Zimbabwe’s innings and Nooral said that could prove the difference between the two sides.

Nooral took over the T20I captaincy on the eve of the Zimbabwe tour and promised that his team would play ‘fearless cricket’ during his reign as captain. While there were a lot of positive signs, Bangladesh posted 188/6 in reply.

“I don’t want to make excuses, be it batting, bowling or fielding, it’s all about us and we have to improve,” Nooral said.

“Everyone tried their level best and it was a 50-50 game. Chasing 200 plus runs would have been a big deal. When we came into the dressing room we were confident we could chase the total because wickets It was good but as I said we have to improve a lot as far as bowling in the last five to six overs is concerned.

“I think if we had given 10 to 15 runs less, it could have been a different game together,” he added.

Bangladesh’s second match of the series against Zimbabwe will be played on Sunday, while the third and final match will be played on Tuesday.

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