Mehidy Hasan Miraz Unfazed by Defeat

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According to Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Bangladesh is not overly concerned about their recent ODI series defeat to Afghanistan. Despite being crushed by 142 runs and Afghanistan securing their first series win against the hosts while breaking a few records, Mehidy believes it was simply a case of “two bad days.” He expressed confidence that Bangladesh can learn from their mistakes and plan better for the upcoming Asia Cup and ODI World Cup, two significant tournaments later this year.

“We had two bad days. We are not worried about it,” Mehidy stated. “We can improve our planning for the Asia Cup and World Cup. Our aim is to win every game, and we will analyze our shortcomings. Losing to Afghanistan doesn’t make us a bad side. It’s normal for a series to go bad.”

Mehidy emphasized that Bangladesh has a strong track record over the past few years, having finished in the top four of the ICC ODI Super League. He believes they can rectify their mistakes from the past two games and perform at a higher level in the upcoming tournaments.

Regarding Tamim Iqbal’s retirement announcement and subsequent reversal, Mehidy dismissed any connection between those events and the defeat in the second ODI. He acknowledged that everyone was surprised by Tamim’s decision, but the team had prepared for the game and the initial shock was temporary.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz acknowledged that Bangladesh fell behind in the match when they couldn’t contain Afghanistan’s openers, Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, who put on a massive partnership of 256 runs in just 36 overs.

“We ended up conceding 30-40 runs more than we should have,” Mehidy said. “As a bowling unit, we lacked organization. If our top order had contributed more runs and built a partnership, we could have taken the game deep. However, things became difficult for us when the top order collapsed quickly.”

Despite Afghanistan’s strong start, Bangladesh’s bowlers fought back and managed to restrict the
opposition to just 75 runs in the last 14 overs. This significant slowdown in Afghanistan’s scoring rate prevented them from posting an even more formidable total, considering they were scoring at over ten runs per over before Gurbaz’s dismissal in the 37th over. Mehidy explained that Bangladesh’s decision to bowl first was based on the expectation that the pitch would play better under lights at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, providing favorable batting conditions for their team.

“We anticipated the wicket to improve at night,” Mehidy said. “In the first game, we batted first after losing the toss, but the wicket was slow and kept low. It improved in the evening, so the captain and coach felt that if we bowled well initially and then batted in the second innings, it would be advantageous for us.”

During their chase, Bangladesh struggled and found themselves at 28 for 3 within the powerplay. The remaining six wickets fell in clusters of three, and once they were reduced to 72 for 6 in the 19th over, the outcome of the game was virtually decided.

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