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Bangladesh coach Domingo on DLS Drama: Never seen like this before

  • Published at 09:06 pm March 30th, 2021
Russell Domingo

Bangladesh were given a new revised target after playing nine deliveries during their chase

The Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method (DLS method) was in the center of controversy during Bangladesh and New Zealand’s second T20I at Napier as Bangladesh were given a new revised target after playing nine deliveries during their chase.

New Zealand scored 173 runs losing five wickets in 17.5 overs before rain stops play for the second time. Later it was revealed that the target for Bangladesh was set as 148 in 16 overs through DLS method.

Bangladesh openers Liton Kumar Das and Mohammad Naim started the batting with this target and they scored 12 runs from 1.3 overs. Then suddenly umpires stopped the play and informed players that the revised target is being recalculated. Eventually the target was set as 170 but by that time Bangladesh already played nine deliveries with the target of 148.

“I don’t think I have been in a match before where batsmen don’t know what the target is. Nobody knew about the target after 5 or 6 overs in DLS method. I have not seen any match like this before as well,” said Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo during the post-match press conference to the media.

“I don’t think the game should have been started without confirming the target. Time was running out, so they started the game. They informed us the print-out copy about the target will be available within the time one or two deliveries being bowled. But it did not happen. Calculation was still going on. And eventually play stopped after nine deliveries were bowled. I am not giving any excuses but it was really disappointing for us.” 

Meanwhile, Bangladesh skipper Mahmuaudllah believes the team can take some positives from today’s game which can help them to come back strong in the last game of tour but also admitted their poor finishing cost them the match in the end.

Chasing to 170 to win, Bangladesh managed to score 140 for 7 despite a quickfire 51 from Soumya at the top order. 

I think there was a bit of confusion because we didn't know what the DLS score was, it kept changing on the scoreboard. It can happen in the game. First five overs we were on track but we didn't finish well enough. Naim and Soumya batted really well. We didn't capitalize on the balls we missed,” said Mahmudullah after the match.

“There are some chances that we need to capitalise and we might get a win. Taskin took a brilliant catch that gave us the confidence. In T20 sometimes you get a good a start, sometimes you don't. But both batting and bowling, you must finish well. As a batting unit we can take some positives in this game and can come back strong,” he added.