Batting collapse frustrates Shakib
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:Shakib Al Hasan
Event:Zimbabwe in Bangladesh 2009/10

DateLine: 1st November 2009


Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan termed as "unacceptable" the host's four-wicket, series-leading victory over Zimbabwe. From 175 for 2 chasing 197, Bangladesh lost four wickets in 49 balls before finally winning in the 41st over.


"I did not want to come out in the middle to bat after the way Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful had dictated terms, but unfortunately none could finish the job which was really frustrating," said Shakib.


Tamim, was the one who started the landslide collapse when he danced out and missed the ball batting on 80. Ashraful, who till then had batted well with 63, fell to a terrible shot outside the off stump.


These two wickets were followed by a middle-order collapse as Raqibul Hasan pulled a short ball out to a fielder in the deep, which left Shakib to come out and settle nerves, but he was clearly not happy at having to do so.


"In such a situation, one can expect to lose three or four wickets. But I should say six wickets is too much for comfort and this is unacceptable," he said.


"Either Tamim or Ashraful should have stayed there till the end. We all should know how to finish things off when we got such a small target. I also don't understand why Raqibul played that pull shot at that time. These are very negative signs."