Too many boundary balls cost us the game: Shakib

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Mirpur (Dhaka), Feb 20 (PTI) Bangladesh captain ShakibAl Hasan blamed the 87-run loss to India in the World Cupopener on his bowlers, saying that they sent down too manyboundary balls.

Bangladesh created a flutter in the 2007 Caribbean WorldCup when they upset India by five wickets in a league match tothrow them out of the tournament in the first round.

But it was not to be a repeat of 2007 lats night as sentinto bat Virender Sehwag (175) and Virat Kohli (100) producedscintillating performances to guide India to an imposing370 for four. The mammoth total was enough for the visitors toavenge their defeat in the last edition of the mega-event.

"We couldn''t bowl too well. We bowled too many boundaryballs and that cost us the game," Shakib, who scored a 50-ball55, said at the post-match press conference.

"Indian batsman did really well and took the game awayfrom us. But at one stage during chasing we thought we can winthe game," he said.

Bangladesh today dropped former captain and experiencedbatsman Mohammad Ashraful for the opening match against Indiabut the skipper said the decision would have made hardly anyimpact on the outcome of the match.

"I think it was the best possible combination. For ouropeners, the plan was simple, they had to bat properly andkeep going. Tamim (Iqbal) and Junaid (Siddique) tried to dothat. They didn''t play too many bad shots and there wasn''tmany slogs. We almost got to 300," Shakib said.

Asked whether Bangladesh missed pacer Mashrafe Mortaza,who was not selected in the World Cup squad due to injury,Shakib said: "He is not in the squad but it wouldn''t have beendifferent if he was."

"The fast bowlers did well in the last 12 months and I amsure they''ll come back strongly. Shafiul (Islam) was maybeslightly nervous and so he couldn''t execute the plans. Hebowled too many boundary balls," he added.

Asked whether whether his decision to put India into batbackfired, the Bangladesh captain said, "I still think mydecision was right." PTI MI SSC PM

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