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12 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Tigers fail to capitalise early breakthrough: Nazmul

He praises rookie Naim for playing brave knock
SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka

The way Bangladesh boys played against Team India on their home territory in T20 International matches, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan Papon expects after which India will seek to play more series against them.

Coming to India with fears and apprehensions, Bangladesh played a fearless cricket and took a lead of 1-0 by thrashing India braving the inconvenience, the performance especially wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim’s jaw-dropping knock was praised by all the fronts.

The visitors had a host of chances to enlarge the total further but they did not capitalise any of those after which on-song Rohit Sharma, who has led the home side in absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, snatched the victory from the possession of the Tigers with his blitzkrieg knock and levelled the series 1-1.

In the third match, India put on a staggering total in the chance of shoddy fielding and careless bowling of the visitors whose price they got hand-to-hand with 30-run loss despite Naim Sheikh’s eye-catching innings of 48-ball 81.

“Overall, it’s a first series against India on their own yard. From that point of view, if we think, playing against India on their soil, there was a fear inside our mind. But winning the first match, the courage of the players has been increased manifolds,” said Nazmul Hassan Papon, who went to Nagpur to watch the series-deciding third match after the tour opener in Delhi on November 4.

“But I will say we were ahead of the match till 12 overs. But unfortunately what happened that we never saw. It’s true that we have conceded many more runs in bowling. What we have expected did not work it in the match,” Papon told media at Nagpur on Sunday.

Bangladesh despite unsettled India initially as per their plan removing dangerous Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan as early as possible. But the strong Indian batting line-up denied Bangladesh from further debacle.

“We had planned to out Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. If we could do so, it would be easier for us. Then how nature of T20 games what their lower-order batsmen played, unbelievable. So, we are definitely lagging behind them from that aspect, no doubt,” the BCB president said.

“Today we have no batsmen come forward except Naim. Normally one-two senior players came up handy support with youngsters. Unfortunately we have expectations more to those like Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiq and Riyad, who all failed to give. Chasing a bigger target, it was deemed that we lost the match by a comprehensive margin,” he also said.

“From that point of view, if you see what an innings Naim played for us. Mithun, who is also a newcomer, provided somewhat support to him. Coming to play, both the new players what they played have attracted me. Naim made the highest score in this series after he came to play his first international games against India on their soil. They have played with pluck. So, it’s understood our new boys have a potential ahead. I’m sanguine of them to this end,” he added.

The BCB boss though that they should have restricted them to 150 and won the match because they were ahead till 12th over and it was deemed they would triumph the match.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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