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Skipper Bashar laments Bangladesh's inconsistency

Skipper Bashar laments Bangladesh's inconsistency

Skipper Habibul Bashar bemoans the inconsistency that has soured Bangladesh's World Cup chances after its best performance in cricket's premier limited-overs tournament.
Bangladesh knocked out former world champion India to secure a place in the Super 8s, the equivalent of the quarterfinal league, and then produced another stunning upset against South Africa.
On Sunday, however, it tumbled to a 74-run defeat by Ireland, the other unheralded side to feature in the Super 8s, and slipped to the bottom spot in the standings.
Bashar said that was not acceptable.
"We look brilliant in one match and the next day we're pretty ordinary, we've got to be more consistent," Bashar said.
"We defeated two top teams and then went into a game that we should've won, but we lost this one. Our world Cup experience got soured through some listless cricket against Ireland.
"I can't figure out what happened to us in this match," Bashar said. "I'm terribly disappointed. It was one of those days when nothing went right for us."
Bashar said Bangladesh would "strive not to finish No. 8."
"I still believe we're not as bad as we played against Ireland," he said. "We've got a game left and we'll try to go up to the sixth or the seventh spot."
Both Bangladesh and Ireland have two points from one victory each in the Super 8s. But the Irish have a better net run-rate that places it above Bangladesh.
Bashar accepted that Ireland had played better overall cricket, and was more competitive against top-ranked teams.
"We won some big matches, but they were more consistent than us," said Bashar.
"Our last game is coming up against the West Indies, we hope to do well in it and go home with some credit."
Bashar complimented Ireland for its fine show, particularly in posting a big score.
Batting first after winning the toss, Ireland made 243 for seven in 50 overs. In reply, Bangladesh was bowled out for 169 in the 42nd.
"We were pretty ordinary in the field, we deserved to lose," said Bashar, who even had to make a last-minute change in the team when seam bowler Syed Russel twisted his ankle in the warmup.
"His loss was a big one as he's been bowling well. Luckily, his ankle injury happened 10 minutes before the toss and not after it," Bashar said.
"Ireland batted well, but we dropped too many catches and missed out a couple of run out chances."
The captain said his team wilted under the pressure of expectation as it was ranked higher than Ireland and was expected to defeat it.
"You have to accept the fact that losses can happen against lower-ranked opposition," he said.
"We keep losing too many early wickets. I think we would have won this game had we batted for 50 overs."


Updated : 2021-10-22 11:33 GMT+08:00