Bangladesh batters did not make the correct decisions at the appropriate time: Pothas Nic

Shakib got a start but couldn’t stay at the crease long enough to make an impact.

Bangladesh’s assistant coach, Nick Pothas, stated on Wednesday that their batting unit made mistakes in decision-making against Pakistan in their first game of the Asia Cup Super Four at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets, thanks to their bowling unit, which bowled them out for 193 runs in 38.4 overs.

Skipper Shakib al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim each scored fifty runs and added 100 runs for the fifth wicket, but that was insufficient; if they had been able to extend their stay at the crease instead of being too adventurous, they could have helped them post a competitive total on the board.

Apart from that period, Bangladesh batsmen were unable to assert dominance over the opposition’s bowlers, despite a couple of their batsmen getting starts – Mohammad Naim (20) and Litton Das (16), Shamim Hossain (16), and Afif Hossain (12), with the late-order batters failing to seize the opportunity despite having overs remaining.

“From a batting standpoint, today was all about decision-making.” We probably didn’t make the right decisions at the right time for these conditions, but that’s always going to be a challenge with a team in transition,” Pothas said after the game in Lahore.

“Rather than looking too far ahead, it’s simply a matter of consistency.” We probably didn’t bat well in Kandy, then played really well against Afghanistan, and didn’t peak tonight. We’re trying to find the right combination for us right now, and we’re a team in transition. So, at the moment, I think consistency would be the goal,” he said.

“Obviously, when you win the toss and bat first, you want to put a score on the board, but you’re also dealing with an elite bowling attack.” I believe the option we chose against the seam attack in the heat made it a little easier for the attack. We would prefer to bat much deeper and put a score on the board, but that is the nature of cricket when facing top seam attacks. Yes, we need to improve in that area, but if it was that simple, everyone would do it,” he said, adding that their aggressive batting approach despite losing early wickets is a result of modern-day cricket.

“I don’t think it’s anything new (playing aggressively in the powerplay despite losing early wickets), and I think it’s something that all teams do.” That is the effect of T20 cricket,” he stated.

“I believe that any team, and if you look at all the teams in the Asia Cup, there will be no difference in the World Cup, that all batters and bowlers are looking for an advantage, and all teams will come hard in the first power play.” So it’s not something we do; I believe it’s just the way the world of cricket operates right now,” he added.

On September 9, Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka in Colombo.