Shakib rues poor Bangladesh bowling after massive defeat to England


Only a superlative bowling performance could have contained England’s explosive batting line-up and Bangladesh could not conjure one up in Saturday’s World Cup match in Cardiff, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan said. “Yes, disappointed with the result, or the manner we actually bowled,” said the all-rounder, who conceded 71 runs without a wicket in his 10 overs of left-arm spin.

“I thought we bowled really, really well against South Africa and against New Zealand. We were expecting better in this match.” “Obviously, England played brilliantly. Credit goes to their batsman. The way their openers started, and the way Buttler finished the innings was the turning-point of the match,” Shakib said after his team’s second defeat in three matches.

The 32-year-old said the only way Bangladesh could control England’s relentless onslaught was by getting regular wickets but that did not materialise. “That’s been their pattern for the last two, three years,” he said of England’s free-flowing batting. “They are not changing in this World Cup the way their approach was going for the last two-three years.