NAGPUR Bangladesh batsmen focused on to bat smartly, being fully aware of the fact that they haven't got that natural strength and energy to play big shots in the shortest format of the cricket.
Knowing that they haven't had that natural power to clear the boundary like the batsmen of West Indies or England, head coach Russell Domingo said the only way to achieve the victory in this format is to play smart cricket, maintaining a healthy strike rate.
Domingo's philosophy came at the moment, when Bangladesh was completely beaten by the Indian big hitters in the second game.
Compared to India's eight wickets in the match, Bangladesh could hit just one six. In addition Bangladesh also played 38 dot balls, which is the another reason that they couldn't amass a healthy score.
I don't think we are ever going to be a West Indian or England type of batting line-up with guys who can get the ball out of the ground. Just physically we are not that type of team, Domingo said.
Afif, Mosaddek and Liton are small boys, but we are trying to use the pace, running hard between the wickets, getting gaps, picking up twos; six twos in an over is as good as two sixes. We are working on our other strengths. Just a couple of games ago, Afif and Mosaddek took us home against Zimbabwe after we ran into big trouble. But that's the nature of T20 cricket. It is very hard to do it every single game.
Sometimes we come to bat with two overs to spare, sometimes there are eight overs remaining. I think No 6 and 7 are the hardest position in a T20 batting line-up, he said.
We got 100 in 12.2 overs, while India got to their 100 in 11 overs. So they were one over ahead of us. It is a learning experience for our batters like Afif, Soumya and Mosaddek. We are learning from every single mistake. When we get to the World Cup next year, we want to have better decision making in these type of situations. Hopefully we can remedy the mistakes in the next game.
However playing 38 dot balls was not a problem for Domingo, rather he said that he was more concerned that no batsmen got 70s or 80s despite getting a good start in the second match.
Thirty-eight dot balls in a T20 match is not bad. Anything under 40 (dot balls) is not a big issue for us. The big problem was that no one got 70 or 80, more like Mushy did in the first game. So the one who reaches thirty, should look to make it a big one.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)