Bangladesh didn't play to potential, says skipper Rahim

Sep 27, 2012, 09:05 IST | AFP

Disappointed Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said his team did not play at their best during their freefall out of the World Twenty20, following an eight wicket defeat against Pakistan

Bangladesh failed to capitalise on a brilliant 84 by Shakib Al Hasan — the highest individual score by a Bangladeshi batsman in all Twenty20 cricket — which lifted them to a challenging 175-6 in Pallekele on Tuesday.

“It’s always disappointing to go out of the tournament early,” said Rahim after the match.

Mushfiqur Rahim

Bangladesh lost their first game by 59 runs against New Zealand.

“We have not played our best game in the first match so that put us under huge pressure in the second. Also, probably, we were nervous,” Rahim added, before ruing the lack of quality in his team’s bowling.

“We have spin bowling in our line-up but we did not get any spin in the wicket so that put us under pressure,” said Rahim, whose team had three left-arm spinners in the match against New Zealand.

However, Rahim said despite the losses he was happy at team’s improvement.

“I am quite happy after how we raised our game in the second match and we must continue to learn for the sake of our future.”

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