After almost not turning up for both the test & ODI series against South Africa, Bangladesh provided some serious fight against the hosts in the first of 2-match T-20 series. Despite falling just 20 runs short, Bangladesh’s performance was noteworthy in a rather forgettable series. Their top scorer in that match, Soumya Sarkar (47) has said that he believes if the middlle order provided a better supporting role, they’d have had a better chance. It was Soumya and young pacer Mohammad Saifuddin (39*) who gave the innings some impetus but the lack of support from the veterans like Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman and Mahmudullah, struggled to contribute in thia huge chase.
Soumya expressed his sadness by saying, “If someone from No. 3 to 6 could have played a big innings in the last 10 overs, it would have helped us. Then we would have had a set batsman at the crease in the last 10 overs, making things easier for us. They made nearly 200 runs but we also made 175. If one batsman did well in the middle overs, we could have won the game easily. But this [performance] will give us confidence that we can also score 200 runs”.
Besides his disappointment, Soumya also welcomed the team selection of four pacers by Bangladesh, “If you want to talk about negative things, there are a lot of things to talk about. If the batsmen did well and we played one less (bowler), you would have said we should have picked one extra bowler. Now that the batsmen couldn’t do the job, you are saying we needed one more batsman. There’s no end to these things; you think that we had one batsman less, but our captain and team management thought this was the best way to go about things”.
Lastly, Soumya talked about the increasing number of dot balls in Bangkadesh’s innings, something that’s almost a no show for the Proteas, “Dot balls are a big problem in T20s. We have to reduce that in the next game. Even when we bowled or fielded, we should have saved more runs or not given away the no-ball that went for four. They would have scored 20 runs fewer. Chasing 170-odd would have been a different story”.
Bangladesh will face the Proteas for the last match of the series on Sunday (October 29).