The stand-in Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal has castigated his team’s batting performance at Christchurch as they suffered a nine-wicket loss to New Zealand on the fourth day of the NZvBAN, 2nd Test match.
Bangladesh batsmen once again played a significant role in their team’s failure after the Tigers capitulated for 173 in the second innings at Hagley Oval on the way to a nine-wicket loss.
For the second time in two successive matches, Bangladesh batsmen failed to show maturity and composure in the second innings after holding their own in a neck-to-neck first innings battle. Having started the day on level terms, they first conceded a lead of 65, before succumbing to a collapse as they only managed to set a target of 109 for New Zealand, with most of their batters throwing their wicket away when runs were not needed.
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“I think we all took the lazy option, we were not prepared to do the hard job,” Tamim said.
“A few of the shots we played could have been much better. When this kind of situation comes, the team expect the leader to show the way and I didn’t,
“The way I got out was rubbish. I take full responsibility. If I didn’t play that shot and take the harder (approach), things could have been different.
“I think it’s more the mental things than skills. I’m sure some individuals have something to work on. I’m sure they’ll do that.”
It was a depressing way to end the tour for Bangladesh after they had shown some promise as they tour ended without a single win to their name.
They lost the warm-up and were comprehensively swept away by the home side in all three formats – the ODIs (3-0), T20s (3-0) and Tests (2-0).
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