On a batting friendly Rajkot wicket, the visiting Bangladesh team struggled to put up a strong total on the board despite getting off to an excellent start. With a lead of 1-0 in the baggage, Bangladesh went into the second T20I match against India with an upper hand. However, the home team levelled the three-match series with a smashing 8-wicket victory.
Bangladesh got off to a decent start with the two openers adding 60 runs for the first wicket stand. However, the middle order batters failed to capitalise on the platform provided by the openers and eventually, Bangladesh managed to get just 153 runs on the board.
"The openers gave us a very good start and that was a 180 plus wicket. Pitch was very good to bat on, especially when we lost Soumya (Sarkar's) wicket, there were two new batsmen in the middle, we took a little bit of time and probably cost us the match. We should have got at least 175-plus score," stated Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah after the match.
Bangladesh needed set batters in the slog overs
Mahmudullah noted that it was very important for one or two set batsmen to stay at the end on the Rajkot track. The Bangladeshi captain gave the example of Rohit Sharma who played a dominant innings of 85 runs at the top of the order. He mentioned that they should have put up a more competitive total on the scoreboard.
"It is very necessary to have a set batsman till 15-16 overs on this kind of wicket. There should be someone who can carry on and those who are with him, maybe if they can make 20-30 runs, it will help a lot. If you look at India's batting order, Rohit pulled off the win alone, he has batted really well. If such an innings came from one of our top order batsmen, we probably would have had a better chance of scoring 170-180 runs,'' he added.
"We know that Chahal is their strike bowler. In the middle overs, we didn't think that if he was a strike bowler or their main bowler. We were thinking about how much less risk we can take against him or find a gap. We didn't bat against him with a negative mindset,” Mahmudullah mentioned.