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Bangladesh- New Zealand Series

It was confusing but it can happen in a game, says Mahmudullah


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Rain has been interrupting Bangladesh's second T20I match against New Zealand during the Kiwis’ innings as Bangladesh started their innings in a dilemma without knowing the target. Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad said that he was also confused about the score of Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method.

During New Zealand's innings, the game was stopped for a while after 12.2 overs, and then again after 17.5 overs. After that, the host collected 173 runs for the loss of five wickets.


Then, Bangladesh had already played nine deliveries into their chase without knowing the official revised target after rain interrupted play twice during the New Zealand innings.  There were no official announcements and clarity on Bangladesh's target till that point, till then.


It seemed that Bangladesh batted the first nine balls of their innings with the knowledge that their target in 16 overs was 148. Except, they were chasing 170. Which, later, correctly, was changed to 171.

“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 capitalise on the balls we missed,” Mahmudullah said.

Mahmudullah believes his team has gained some experience from the second T20 and would return strong in the next match.

“There are some chances that we need to capitalise and we might get a win. Taskin took a brilliant catch that gave us confidence. In T20 sometimes you get a good 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 come back strong” he added.