The formalities were done and dusted at Kolkata as Bangladesh faced another humiliating defeat. New Zealand defeated Bangladesh by a massive margin of 70 runs to ensure that the Bangladeshis remained winless in the Super 10’s of the ICC World T20.
After exceeding expectations in the Asia Cup, Bangladesh simply fizzled out in the ICC World T20 and that can be summed up by their position.
“If you look at the start today we were a bit lethargic, we were lackadaisical in our fielding, then some brilliance in between with our bowlers and then we finished poorly with the bat,” Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurasingha said. “For me it sums up the whole World Cup – we had some brilliant moments, we were in the game, we were competitive but then again we were so near yet so far.”
. “We are disappointed with how we approached the total,” he said. “If we had about 120 to chase it could have been a different story but then again I can say that we didn’t play intelligently enough to chase this score down.
“The batting approach was wrong and the conditions were not easy because the wicket was slowing down. But all credit to New Zealand’s bowlers. They read the conditions well and Kane Williamson used the bowlers very well,” he added.
Hathurasingha though, praised pacer Mustafizur Rahman for his successful campaign in the ICC World T20. “He is one of the very intelligent cricketers although he hasn’t played much cricket,” he said. “He has got some variations which other people don’t have but he is using them very cleverly. He has bowled to MS Dhoni some four-five times in the last six months but still he has managed to keep him down.”