Team management of Bangladesh was expecting a batting paradise at Christchurch but they surely didn’t presume the rampage from Kiwi batsmen. Mashrafe also accepted this fact- “Giving extra 30-40 runs have cost us the game.” At one stage, Bangladesh were very much in the game as Kiwis were on 186 for 4 after 35 overs. But they eventually climbed sky-scrapper riding on the hasty innings of Latham and Munro. Together they scored 155 runs in the final 15 overs. “Latham has played his best and Munro just snatched the match from us. It would be different if we were able to restrict them within 300-310”, Mashrafe lamented during the press conference.
“We were unable to bowl accurate shortened deliveries and bowled too short. Latham and Munro have taken this advantage. We have to bowl effective short balls in this condition like the New Zealanders. They bowled short pointing to our heads whereas our short balls only hopped till chest. They played them easily,” the skipper explained the reason behind extravagant bowling. He also expressed his regrets for the poor fielding, “We made many mistakes in the field. They took many doubles and triples in single run scenarios which had cost us 20 extra runs.”
However, Mashrafe is hopeful to cope with the condition and wants to look forward to the second ODI at Nelson.