Nic Pothas, the assistant coach of Bangladesh, expressed on Wednesday that their batting unit made critical errors in decision-making during their opening game against Pakistan in the Asia Cup Super Four at the Gaddafi Stadium. Pakistan secured a seven-wicket victory as their bowling unit delivered a destructive performance, dismissing Bangladesh for 193 runs in 38.4 overs.
Although skipper Shakib al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim scored respective fifties and built a partnership of 100 runs for the fifth wicket, their efforts fell short. If they had stayed longer at the crease instead of taking adventurous shots, it could have helped Bangladesh achieve a competitive total.
Apart from that period, the Bangladeshi batsmen struggled to dominate the Pakistani bowlers. Despite a few batsmen getting off to decent starts, such as Mohammad Naim (20), Litton Das (16), Shamim Hossain (16), and Afif Hossain (12), the lower-order batsmen failed to capitalize on the opportunity despite having overs remaining.
Pothas addressed the batting performance, stating that it was primarily about decision-making. He acknowledged that the team was facing challenges due to their transition phase but emphasized the need for consistency. Pothas mentioned the importance of finding the right combination and improving their batting performance.
When asked about their aggressive approach despite losing early wickets, Pothas attributed it to the influence of T20 cricket and stated that it was a common strategy among teams. He highlighted that all teams in the Asia Cup, and likely in the World Cup as well, aim to gain an advantage and come hard in the first powerplay.
Looking ahead, Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka in Colombo on September 9.