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Too many boundary balls cost us the game: Shakib


Posted: Feb 20, 2011 at 1617 hrs IST

Mirpur (Dhaka): Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan blamed the 87-run loss to India in the World Cup opener on his bowlers, saying that they sent down too many boundary balls.

Bangladesh created a flutter in the 2007 Caribbean World Cup when they upset India by five wickets in a league match to throw them out of the tournament in the first round.

But it was not to be a repeat of 2007 lats night as sent into bat Virender Sehwag (175) and Virat Kohli (100) produced scintillating performances to guide India to an imposing 370 for four. The mammoth total was enough for the visitors to avenge their defeat in the last edition of the mega-event.

"We couldn't bowl too well. We bowled too many boundary balls and that cost us the game," Shakib, who scored a 50-ball 55, said at the post-match press conference.

"Indian batsman did really well and took the game away from us. But at one stage during chasing we thought we can win the game," he said.

Bangladesh today dropped former captain and experienced batsman Mohammad Ashraful for the opening match against India but the skipper said the decision would have made hardly any impact on the outcome of the match.

"I think it was the best possible combination. For our openers, the plan was simple, they had to bat properly and keep going. Tamim (Iqbal) and Junaid (Siddique) tried to do that. They didn't play too many bad shots and there wasn't many slogs. We almost got to 300," Shakib said.

Asked whether Bangladesh missed pacer Mashrafe Mortaza, who was not selected in the World Cup squad due to injury, Shakib said: "He is not in the squad but it wouldn't have been different if he was."

"The fast bowlers did well in the last 12 months and I am sure they'll come back strongly. Shafiul (Islam) was maybe slightly nervous and so he couldn't execute the plans. He bowled too many boundary balls," he added.

Asked whether his decision to put India into bat backfired, the Bangladesh captain said, "I still think my decision was right."

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