In the first One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series against New Zealand in Dunedin on Sunday, Bangladesh’s batters lost by 44 runs using the DLS system. They were found to have thrown away their wickets after obtaining starts.
When asked about his batsmen’ propensity to blow excellent starts, coach Chandika Hathurusingha was perplexed. The Sri Lankan then playfully asked the media if they had any solutions.
It’s really concerning. Tell me the solution if you know it, and I’ll speak with them. Hathurusingha addressed the Bangladeshi media contingent in Nelson today, “It’s a very big concern.”
Bangladesh is currently in Nelson, where they will play the second ODI tomorrow against the hosts.
After playing the first game under dark conditions in Dunedin, the Tigers enjoyed a welcome change of scenery in Nelson’s beautiful sunshine.
Rain repeatedly stopped play during the first innings of the first ODI, which left captain Najmul Hossain Shanto unable to proceed with his plans and forced to employ Soumya Sarkar and Mehedi Hasan Miraz in the last overs.
The Kiwis exploited the last few overs to set a target of 245 runs, which was too much for the Tigers to meet.
Hathurusingha criticized his bowlers for abusing the favorable conditions while also pointing out the part the weather played in the first match’s outcome.
“The game’s loss was disappointing. However, we had little control over the weather. The two stoppages caused by the weather had an impact on a lot of our planning.
“We bowled much better at the other end, but we started pretty well. At the time, we didn’t make use of the condition. The captain was under pressure to manage the bowlers after two stoppages. With ten overs remaining, they had eight wickets under control. We chased the game all the time.”