Lack of experience in chasing big total hurt Tigers

DHAKA, The way Bangladesh went after the chase after Australia racked up a mammoth 3815, at some point, there was sense of belief that something could happen.

With the highest successful chase remaining 438 as of now in ODI

history, anything is possible in the modern cricket.

Bangladesh were 2454 in the 40th over, meaning they were left required

137 in the last 10 overs. With the World Cup teams almost regularly

plundering 140150 runs in the last 10 overs, crazy Bangladeshi fans saw a

hope. And in the age of T20 cricket, it is indeed possible.

Bangladesh lost the match by 48 runs, being finally restricted to 3338.

The margin of defeat and Bangladesh's brave show only extended the regret

that what could happen if the Tigers could believe that they can win the


But in the case of Bangladesh, it was not possible, because of the lack

of chasing such big total, said opener Tamim Iqbal.

The truth is that we don't have much experience of chasing big

totals, Tamim told reporters after the match.

I was not looking at the score board but the way I was planning was

that if we can score around 180200 runs in 30 overs then in the last twenty

overs we would be able to take some chances, he said.

Bangladesh scored just 53 runs for the loss of Soumya Sarkar in first 10

overs. There was belief that if the Tigers could make a rapid start in the

first 10 overs, the asking run rate could have been in their favour in the

last 10 overs. But Tamim differed with the fact saying that taking risk in

the first 10 overs could have pushed them in back foot.

Because if you try to play too aggressive at the start and find

yourself in a spot of bother[ by losing wickets] then this 330340 runs

wouldn't have been possible too, he said.

If we need to score 160170 runs, which is usually chased down in T20

cricket we could give it a try but in ODI cricket 381 is huge. It's 50 overs

game, not 20 overs. So there should be some calculation.

He also reasoned that losing wickets in wrong times hurt them also.

I got out when I and Mushfiqur were going well while Shakib also got

out when we were building a good partnership. We played well but could have

played better if we didn't lose wickets at the wrong times, he said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)