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We Don’t Have Much Experience Of Chasing Big Totals: Tamim Iqbal

Bangladesh succumbed to a 48-run loss to Australia at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Thursday (June 20). The defending champions posted a monumental first innings total on the back of David Warner’s staggering century innings and vital contributions from Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch. In the second innings, Bangladesh battled hard as Mushfiqur Rahim stroked a fabulous ton but the chase was always expected to be an uphill task for them and eventually they did fall short by a convincing margin.

While speaking about the defeat, veteran Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal said that the team's inexperience of chasing big totals played a part while they were up against the mountains of runs posted by Australia at Trent Bridge. Bangladesh put up a brave show in chase of Australia's 381/5, falling 48 runs short of the target. Tamim, who scored a 74-ball 62, reckoned he was planning in such a way that Bangladesh would reach about 200 runs at the 30-over mark, leaving the team with a chance to chase a T20-like target at the end.

"The truth is that we don't have much experience of chasing big totals," Tamim told reporters after the match. "I was not looking at the score board but the way I was planning was that if we can score around 180-200 runs in 30 overs then in the last twenty overs we would be able to take some chances," he said.

We had to capitalize

"Because if you try to play too aggressive at the start and find yourself in a spot of bother[by losing wickets] then this 330-340 runs wouldnt have been possible too. If we need to score 160-170 runs [in the last 20 overs], which is usually chased down in T20 cricket we could give it a try but unfortunately when we had to capitalize," he added.

Even in this defeat, there was a silver-lining for Bangladesh. Tamim felt the team's performances - specifically in run-chases - in the last couple of games has given them the belief that they can win any game in which they restrict the opposition to about 330 runs. The senior batsman also lamented the fact that Bangladesh 'lost control' of the proceedings with the ball in spells of 3-4 overs where Australia capitalized. In the death overs particularly, Glenn Maxwell's enterprising 10-ball 32 to add to David Warner and Usman Khawaja's explosive batting powered Australia from 250/1 in 40 overs to 381/5 in 50 overs.

"The one positive thing is that, in the last two matches we have scored above 300 runs. and both in chasing, its gives you a belief as a batsman that, if we restrict them at 320 or 330, there is a chance to chase that down," Tamim said. "If you look at our bowling, you will see, there was a spell of 3-4 overs, where the match got out of our control. Everyone has committed some mistakes, for that we lost and we will try to minimize that," he said.