Ban vs Eng third T20I – Shakib Al Hasan credit bowling ‘cushion’ after sealing memorable Banglawash


Extra specialist bowlers than batters within the enjoying XI, and a greater fielding show than England may handle, gave Bangladesh the decisive edge within the 3-0 T20I sequence win, based on their victorious captain, Shakib Al Hasan. The house facet accomplished their whitewash with a 16-run victory within the third sport, after engineering a mid-innings batting collapse after which squeezing England’s runs within the remaining 5 overs.
Comparable bowling shows had been instrumental to Bangladesh’s wins within the first two T20Is too. Hasan Mahmud bowled two nice overs in the long run of England’s innings within the first sport in Chattogram, which enabled Bangladesh to chase a reasonable 157. Within the second sport, England collapsed twice within the center overs to be outplayed within the four-wicket defeat.
Shakib mentioned that, as an alternative of enjoying eight batters, they selected to have a cushion of bowling choices. Within the third sport, that bowling depth got here in helpful within the latter a part of the innings when each Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan fell within the 14th over; Mustafizur Rahman eliminated Malan whereas Buttler was run out subsequent ball. Mehidy’s direct hit highlighted the fielding effort which noticed marked enchancment of their floor fielding and catching.

“Our bowling unit was fairly good on this sequence,” Shakib mentioned. “We by no means had the luxurious of enjoying with six correct bowlers as we frequently performed with eight batters. We had been all the time a bowler brief. In T20s, you want that [bowling] cushion. Bowlers win you T20 matches, so having that further bowler was useful. We’ve got a number of extra areas for tuning, considering forward to the subsequent World Cup, however we have now made a great begin. I believe the turning level of the match was that over. They misplaced each their set batters in successive balls. It proved to be decisive.


“Everybody observed our fielding in these three matches. We out-fielded England, who’re themselves a great fielding facet. It’s a huge tick mark. Our largest enchancment is in our fielding, once I take into account each facet. We should always all the time subject properly, however we have now focused to develop into the very best fielding facet in Asia. After this efficiency, I do not assume we’re too far behind.”

Shakib praised the way in which Litton Das got here again into kind, because the opener made a career-best 73 in fast time. He added 84 runs for the second wicket stand with the participant of the sequence, Najmul Hossain Shanto, with the pair’s working between the wickets notably impressing the captain.

“We did not know the way a lot runs had been sufficient on this pitch. So we had been very open-minded,” Shakib mentioned. “We first thought 140 was a great rating. Then we obtained to a stage once we thought 170-180 could be our whole. We did not get many runs within the final 5 overs, however we batted properly within the powerplay and middle-overs.

“They’ve seven or eight correct bowlers so we needed to wrestle not less than as soon as within the innings,” he added. “The best way Rony and Litton began, after which Shanto and Litton construct the innings, particularly their working between the wickets, it was excellent. The best way they turned ones into twos and twos into threes, it put England beneath stress.”

Bangladesh’s sudden upswing within the T20I format had loads to do with its proximity to the BPL, and the selectors’ willingness to select the very best performers from a event that ended solely three weeks earlier than the sequence. “Everybody on this group carried out on this 12 months’s BPL,” Shakib mentioned. “It wasn’t too way back earlier than the England tour. The highest five-six batters on this sequence had been additionally the highest run-getters in BPL. It’s the similar for the best wicket-takers. The boldness did carry over, so I believe that basically helped us.”

“I’ve been main the group for the reason that Asia Cup final 12 months,” he mentioned. “We did not win a match there, however I believed we performed good cricket. We had been unlucky to not attain the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. We had been one win away from that achievement. We had a whole lot of doubt earlier than the event, however the perception that we will compete with greater groups began from the World Cup.”

England’s lack of batting depth additionally performed a hand of their success as Bangladesh knew that three or 4 wickets would deliver them to the lower-order. “We had extra confidence earlier than this sequence, since we had been enjoying at residence,” Shakib added. “We capitalised on England being in need of batters. It was our benefit that they did not have many batters after shedding three or 4 wickets.”



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