Shakib one of few bright spots for Bangladesh ahead of World Cup

Bangladesh head to the T20 World Cup mired in a poor run of outcomes after Thursday’s defeat by Pakistan left them with out a win from 4 tri-series matches in New Zealand, however their temper will likely be lifted by the type of captain Shakib Al Hasan.

New Zealand and Pakistan had already booked their spot in Friday’s closing however Bangladesh had been hoping for a confidence boosting win earlier than crossing the Tasman Sea for his or her T20 World Cup marketing campaign in Australia. Shakib notched his second straight half-century with a assured knock of 68 and with Litton Das, who high scored with 69, powered Bangladesh to 173-6 in Christchurch. That proved inadequate, nonetheless, as an unbeaten 45 from Mohammad Nawaz noticed Pakistan via with seven wickets in hand and a supply to spare after the opening pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan had arrange the profitable chase with fifties.

“It’s been troublesome however I feel we performed our greatest cricket as we speak,” all-rounder Shakib stated. “We might have scored a couple of extra runs, we solely obtained three runs within the closing over the place we might count on 12 to fifteen.

“However I don’t wish to level out the unfavorable facet, we performed very well within the center overs, the place we have been missing, in order that’s an excellent signal. “The preparation we needed we obtained from this collection and now it’s as much as us to precise ourselves within the World Cup and do one thing good for the nation.” Bangladesh have tried totally different opening combos within the collection however their newest pairing of Soumya Sarkar (4) and Najmul Hossain Shanto (12) additionally didn’t click on, the previous falling initially of the third over with seven on the scoreboard.

Litton, who turned 28 on Thursday, appeared to undergo a muscle pressure a couple of balls into his knock however he nonetheless managed to mix in an 88-run, third-wicket stand with captain Shakib. Shakib, who was not joyful along with his personal bowling, thought they have been now “very clear” on the workforce that can play within the World Cup, which kicks off with the qualifying group stage on Sunday.

Different World Cup warm-up matches between Sri Lanka and Eire and Scotland in opposition to the United Arab Emirates have been washed out in Melbourne because of rain.

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