Despite grim World Cup, Shakib happy to get what he wanted from Sri Lanka game

Despite grim World Cup, Shakib happy to get what he wanted from Sri Lanka game

Bangladesh teamed up on a rare occasion in this World Cup, against Sri Lanka on Monday in Delhi. They held Sri Lanka to 279. They chased down the target in 41.1 overs. They did enough to jump two places in the points table and got the net boost in run rate they were looking for.

All of this contributed to the general feeling of regret over Bangladesh’s World Cup campaign.

Shakib Al Hasan, adjudged Player of the Match for his 2 for 57 and 82 off 65 balls, in a 169-run third-wicket stand with Najmul Hossain Shanto, who scored 90, expressed his disappointment at not achieving what Bangladesh had set out to do. achieve. in the world Cup. Although they are now well positioned to qualify directly for the 2025 Champions Trophy.

“If we had done that [played like this] In the previous matches it would have been better,” Shakib said after the match against Sri Lanka. “If we had won one or two more matches, we would be in a good position. We had high expectations. I thought we were disappointed. I thought that the goal we set for ourselves within the team, what we thought we were capable of doing, we couldn’t achieve. “That’s the disappointment we all have.”

Shakib and Shanto’s stand, Bangladesh’s highest for any wicket against Sri Lanka, after they scored 41 for 2 in the seventh over, won the match for Bangladesh.

“It was a very important partnership,” Shakib said. “We talk about this constantly in the locker room: we always need these partnerships to win games, especially in the top order. Otherwise, we are always repairing the damage in the lower order. Today’s partnership won the game for us.”

Bangladesh have lost early wickets in most of their World Cup matches. For a change, Shanto and Shakib started off gently before shifting gears. Shakib said they knew the dew in Delhi would also help, so they had to stay long enough.

“When we lost two wickets, we had to rebuild. We know the wicket is good. We had to bat deep, make a partnership and that will relieve a lot of pressure,” he said. “That’s exactly what we did and when we had an opportunity, we took advantage, we counterattacked, we put a lot of pressure on them because it was not an easy pitch to hit. But the dew was helping us a lot.

“We knew the ball was going towards the bat, we had to bat deep. When we were in the 17th and 18th overs, we simply said that if we batted until the 30th over, we could bring the game closer to the finish line. If one of us stays, we can finish it early.”

Shakib said Bangladesh’s plan was to win early enough to increase their net run rate, not for the World Cup, but for the Champions Trophy. Shakib, in fact, was the first to point out that qualification for the Champions Trophy was linked to qualification for the World Cup, so they worked to achieve it.

“When we lost a couple of quick wickets, Shanto and I were still looking to chase it in 41.2 overs or something that would put us ahead of, I think, a couple of teams,” Shakib said. “That’s what we were looking to do. Trying to do that cost us some wickets. But in the end, we’re very happy with the way we played.”

The match will be remembered because Angelo Mathews became the first to be dismissed for time-out in international cricket. Mathews has called Shakib’s conduct “obviously disgraceful” and much of the reaction so far has been against Bangladesh. But the Bangladesh team will be happy to have done at least something right even though their World Cup campaign went nowhere.