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Naib slams Afghanistan's sloppy fielding after 62-run defeat against Bangladesh

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib has slammed his side's sloppy fielding against Bangladesh which led to their 62-run defeat on Monday.

Naib's men were found guilty of dropping catches and committing careless misfields as Bangladesh scored 262.

Those blunders gave away an extra 35 runs according to Naib, who defended his decision to bowl first after winning the toss.

"I'm happy with the toss, but if you look at the match, we missed a couple of catches and gave some extra runs," he told reporters.

"We gave away 30, 35 runs. Because of mis-fielding we missed the opportunity again.

"Again, we didn't bowl in the right area in first 10 overs, and they scored like 50-something."

Naib praised man-of-the-match Shakib Al Hasan, whose all-round performance took Bangladesh over the line, saying: "If you look for the wicket, it's chasable.

"But praise goes to Shakib. He bowled really well. He's the world number one all-rounder.

"He has a lot of experience, so he took time on the wicket when he batted. Also, he bowled really well, according to the plan."

Naib was also frustrated by the bowling and fielding performance of ace leg-spinner Rashid Khan.

"He's giving his 100 percent, but if you look for the fielding side, I'm a little disappointed," Naib said.

"He's also disappointed about the fielding. One time he's very angry in the field.

"I asked him just keep relaxed and just focus on your bowling. So I think he missed his momentum there because of fielding."