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Our Batsmen Set Us Up for the Win Against Windies – Shakib Al Hasan

Cricketnext Staff |December 21, 2018, 1:26 AM IST
Our Batsmen Set Us Up for the Win Against Windies – Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan put in a commanding display with the bat and ball to help his side beat West Indies by 36-runs and level the three-match T20I series 1-1 in Dhaka on Thursday. Shakib, who was adjudged Man of the Match, scored an unbeaten 42 off 26 with the bat and a fifer (5 for 20) with the ball.

Speaking to the media after the match, Shakib said that his side never took the Windies for granted despite the 200-plus target they had set the visitors.

"Their batting line-up was quite long and everyone could play big shots. So we were worried till the end. They bat till No. 9 and until that period it was a fifty-fifty game," he said.

Playing under the lights meant dew was always going to be a big factor and having runs on the board helped the hosts.

"It was difficult to bowl in the second half because there was plenty of dew, but Miraz still bowled well. It is not just the spinners, but even the pacers struggled. The runs on the board gave us the courage and it reflected in our game," Shakib said.

In the first match the hosts’ were disappointing with the bat, but on Thursday when the series was at stake, the likes of Liton Das (60), Mahmudullah (43*) and Soumya Sarkar (32) joined Shakib in piling on the runs against the Windies.

"Our batsmen learnt a lesson from the last game and played sensible cricket. In the previous match, their bowlers bowled at 140kph and we tried to hit them at 180kph. But today (Thursday) we used the pace and it was the right game plan. Liton showed that if we can use the pace, we can score runs against this pace."

During the difficult chase the Windies were afforded a couple of chances when the Bangladesh fielders were guilty of dropping catches.

"There is no fixed rule of playing T20 cricket that suggests it will be successful. There were some mistakes in fielding, otherwise we played good game of T20 cricket. Our batsmen set the platform for us. Liton and Soumya played well."

The skipper also heaped praise on Mahmudullah who began his innings by picking up 12 runs off three balls.

"My partnership with Riyad bhai was very important because it would not have been easy had we lost a wicket at that point. Because of that stand, we were able to score those extra 20 or 30 runs. I think he should bat this way, because whenever he plays with positive frame of mind he contributes for the team. So I believe it is the right way to bat for him."

After taking the Windies bowlers to the cleaners, Shakib continued to torment them with the ball as he claimed his first five-wicket haul in T20Is.

"It's really a great feeling. I had no five-wicket haul in this format. So I am really happy for that. This bowling effort will be somewhere at the top in T20. I have been batting really well throughout the series. I hope I will be able to continue with such performances in coming days," he signed off.

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