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McKenzie: We did not adapt well enough

  • Published at 09:34 pm December 17th, 2018
The West Indies' Oshane Thomas bowls during their first T20I against Bangladesh in Sylhet Monday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Bangladesh batsmen suffered against the short-pitched deliveries of Windies pacers as they did not have any answer to opening pace bowlers Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas and Keemo Paul

Bangladesh batting coach Neil McKenzie said his team failed to adapt to the different format as they lost the first match of the three-game T20I series against the visiting West Indies Monday at Sylhet International Stadium. 

The Tigers clean swept the Test series 2-0 before winning the ODI series 2-1, but were beaten comprehensively in the shortest format as the visitor reached the target of 130 in just 10.5 overs after bundling the home side out for just 129 runs. 

“I think we have some experienced players out there. I think the adaptation of playing on all surfaces is the real key for any international player. I know this is our home surface. There was extra pace and bounce from their bowlers. I don’t think we adapted well enough,” said the South African coach after the match. 

“It has been a while that we last played a T20I. From 50-over to 20-over, there’s a huge difference. I think we got a little bit carried away trying to go a little bit too hard. There was some good range hitting in the nets but I think it all comes down to gameplan and how effective you can be against certain bowlers. You have to hit the ball against guys who have slower balls and change-ups, but when they bowl 138-140s, you have to be a little bit smarter against the opposition,” he added. 

Bangladesh batsmen suffered against the short-pitched deliveries of Windies pacers as they did not have any answer to opening pace bowlers Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas and Keemo Paul.

These three pacers bagged seven wickets between them and only Shakib al Hasan of Bangladesh could score over 20 as the Tigers skipper made 61 off 43 balls.  

“I don’t think we learned quickly enough. There was extra pace with Cottrell and Thomas opening the innings. We knew they were going to hit the deck hard. Shakib showed that we could have used the pace a little bit more. I think we just tried to be too aggressive, trying to hit the ball in front of square when we could have used the pace,” said McKenzie.

1ST T20I


Tamim c Brathwaite b Cottrell    5    7

Liton c Brathwaite b Thomas        6    5

Soumya c Powell b Cottrell        5    4

Shakib c & b Cottrell            61    43

Mushfiq run out (Powell)        5    3

Mahmudullah c Hope b Cottrell    12    19

Ariful c Pooran b Allen        17    18

Saifuddin c Pooran b Brathwaite    1    2

Miraz c Hope b Paul            8    10

Haider not out                1    2

Mustafizur b Paul            0    2

Extras (b 4, lb 2, nb 1, w 1)        8 

Total (19 Overs)            129 all out 

Fall Of Wickets

1-11 (Tamim), 2-19 (Liton), 3-31 (Soumya), 4-48 (Mushfiq), 5-73 (Mahmudullah), 6-103 (Ariful), 7-110 (Saifuddin), 8-122 (Shakib), 9-129 (Miraz), 10-129 (Mustafizur)


Thomas 4-0-33-1, Cottrell 4-0-28-4, Paul 4-0-23-2, Brathwaite 3-0-13-1, Allen 3-0-19-1, Powell 1-0-7-0


Lewis c Ariful b Saifuddin        18    11

Hope c Mustafizur b Mahmudullah    55    23

Pooran not out            23    17

Paul not out                28    14

Extras (lb 5, w 1)            6 

Total (10.5 Overs)            130/2 

Fall Of Wickets

1-51 (Lewis), 2-98 (Hope)


Shakib 3.5-0-32-0, Miraz 2-0-37-0, Haider 1-0-15-0, Saifuddin 1-0-13-1, Mustafizur 1-0-15-0, Mahmudullah 2-0-13-1

WI won by eight wickets

MoM: Sheldon Cottrell

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