Tamim Iqbal opined that his team paid the price for scoring 15 to 20 runs less and also for their ordinary fielding effort in the first ODI against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club. Sikandar Raza and Innocent Kaia scored brilliant hundreds as the hosts ended their 19-match losing streak against Bangladesh in the format to complete a five-wicket win.
The Bangladesh captain felt that if the team had played a little more aggressively they could have at least put few more runs on the board than the 303 for 2 they managed. “We should have scored 15 to 20 runs more. We were 250 for one wicket and if that is the situation we should scored more quickly so that we could score those 15 to 20 runs,” Tamim told reporters after the game .
“In this condition there is always something for the bowlers in the first 10 to 12 overs and later it became easy. We negotiated that period and had a good partnership but the end was not good,” he said.
Apart from the final flourish which never arrived, the visitors also suffered due to their below-par fielding that saw them giving away easy runs as well as dropping four catches. Raza, who struck an unbeaten 135 runs off 109 balls and was the main architect behind the win, was dropped on 43 when Taijul Islam dropped a easy catch at short cover when his drive off Taskin Ahmed went straight to the hand.
“Every day we say about catching and one day it would have the reason behind our defeat and today was that day because in T20s we dropped lot of catches and won the matches but on this kind of a good wicket when you drop four catches you won’t win a lot of matches,” said Tamim.
“Now I feel that we have to think about it [the fielding] before the second game. The fielding made it easy for them as we leaked loy of easy runs. In this ground there will be two runs and I am not bothered about it but what about the easy ones. There were some that could have been dots easily if we could stop it and in that case we could have put pressure on them. This hurts.
“I always tell that after a loss you can put your finger on many things but even if we had won I would have said the same thing, that we cannot forget where we have gone wrong. It could have been a great example that even after dropping catches and fielding we got away but one day you had to pay for it and today was that day,” he concluded.