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Tamim: ‘Poor catching has to cost us at some time, today was the day.’

A string of errors in the field, most notably four missed catches, led to Bangladesh’s defeat in the one-day international match against Zimbabwe that took place on Friday in Harare. This was Bangladesh’s first loss to Zimbabwe in an ODI in nine years. Even though Bangladesh posted 303 for 2, Sikandar Raza and Innocent Kaia each scored a century to lead Zimbabwe to victory by five wickets. The two of them made the most out of the sloppiness in the field to secure the victory.

Tamim Iqbal, the captain of Bangladesh’s cricket team, recognised the problem but noted that fielding has been an area of worry throughout the entire match.

“Our whole fielding effort ended up being a liability for us [in the first ODI]. According to Tamim, “we have handed away far too many easy runs.” Instead of creating a little more pressure with dot balls, we ended up giving up some easy singles. When we lose, there are a lot of things you may criticise us for. But even when we are victorious, I never forget to point out our shortcomings to the team. We were able to get away with losing catches and not fielding particularly effectively, but that came back to bite us today.

When Raza was on 43, substitute fielder Taijul Islam failed to make a straightforward catch in the covers. Raza completed the innings with 135 runs not out off 109 balls. During the course of a single Shoriful Islam over, Kaia was knocked down twice. He was on 68 when Taskin Ahmed dropped him at deep third, then Shoriful messed up an easy return catch at the end of the over with Kaia on 74. Both of these errors cost the team runs. After 122 attempts, Kaia got a score of 110. Luke Jongwe was on 17 when Taskin, who had a horrible day in the field, missed another easy catch at fine leg. Jongwe was taken out of the competition after scoring 24 points, but by that point, Bangladesh had already lost the match by a significant margin.

Tamim remarked, “I have been stating that we have been dropping a lot of catches, so it had to cost us at some time.” “I have been saying that we have been dropping a lot of fish.” It’s possible that today was the day. In the past, we have been able to get away with it. We were successful in spite of missing a few catchable passes. When playing on these types of wickets, which are favourable for batting, if your team drops four catches, there is no chance that they will win the game.

“We are going to have to take some risks. Even if you have dropped a catch in a situation when there is aid in the wicket, there are always other opportunities coming your way. On the other hand, when things are going so well, it makes things really challenging. None of the four opportunities we had were able to be capitalised on by us. It is the single most important factor [that separates winning and losing].

Tamim supported the choice made by the team management to not play a left-arm spinner and instead add an extra hitter at No. 7, who would be Afif Hossain in this particular instance. However, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have had success with left-arm spin over the course of their cricketing histories.

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