Coming into the inaugural fixture of this edition of ICC Champions Trophy, Bangladesh were the clear underdogs and there were talks from their camp to bring their ‘A game’ into play to outclass a heavyweight opponent like England. However, when the big day arrived, the MashrafeMortaza’s boys were clearly not at their best. The approach was more conservative one and they failed to seize the key moments, which cost Tigers the game.
First of all, after losing the toss and having eight genuine batsmen in the side, 305 was not exactly the score Bangladesh were looking for on that Oval track. They were at least 30 runs short.
They had a cautious beginning, which was understandable, following the batting collapse against India couple of days back. But when TamimIqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim got themselves in and took the team to 163 for 2 after the end of 30 overs, their camp would have expected at least to double the score after 50 overs.
“With eight batters, we are in a great position to score 330-340. But we couldn’t. We lost too many wickets in the late order. From 40-42, we start losing wickets, and really no one can go through,” Bangladesh skipper, MashrafeMortaza was highlighting the phase in which his team lost both Tamim and Mushfiqur in back to back deliveries and the Tigers ended up with just 46 runs in last six overs.
Bangladesh’s centurion of the day, Tamim Iqbal too echoed the same sentiment.
“We missed around 15-20 runs especially when I got out and next ball Mushy [Mushfiqur Rahim] got out. Mushy was actually hitting the ball better than me. He was batting superbly. Losing two wickets in two balls put us a little bit on the backfoot. Nothing to take away the way England batted, but if we could have scored 325-330 could have been a different ball game with the scoreboard pressure. But they played exceptionally well especially Root and Hales so they deserved to win.”
One must feel, that phase was the turning point of the game.
Meanwhile, defending a score of 305 was a tough ask but Bangladesh did get the early breakthrough of Jason Roy. On an ideal day, it could have boosted morale after a poor finish with bat. But unfortunately for Bangladesh, it was not their day as Alex Hales and Joe Root took charge of the proceedings from thereon. Later, when Hales was dismissed it was skipper Eoin Morgan, who along Root did not provide any sniff of opportunity to the opponent and completed the job in hand quite professionally.
According to Mortaza, not getting enough breakthroughs in the middle was a patchy show by their bowlers.
“I think in the middle patches, we couldn’t get any wicket, that’s also a point,” he said in the post-match presser.
However, the issue which the skipper failed to address is – why the chips were down for the Bangladesh boys in the field early in the second half or why there was no slip in place for Morgan, when he first came into the crease?
Hope they will find the answers before the next game and come out as better unit against Australia on next Monday at the same venue.