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'Batsmen have to take the blame for the series loss' - Mahmudullah
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'Batsmen have to take the blame for the series loss' - Mahmudullah

Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah delivered a scathing assessment of his side's batsmen, who failed to put any real fight against the strong Pakistan line-up across the two games in the three-match series.

With scores of 141-5 and 136-6 depicting a sorry tale of the Bangladeshi batters' struggles against Pakistan's bowling in Lahore, the visitors could not offer much resistance.

Tamim Iqbal was the sole silver lining for Bangladesh in their ill-fated T20I tour of Pakistan. The experienced southpaw conjured a total of 104 runs in two innings including a half-century, though he too found it hard to find fluency with the bat.

"Result-wise we are disappointed. Pakistan were favourites heading into the series given they are ranked No. 1 and we are No. 9. As a captain, I wanted our team to give a better performance," Mahmudullah told reporters in the aftermath of the third T20I, which was washed out due to relentless rain.

"The potential and talent is there but we did not put it in our skills to execute it well. We should have done better in the batting department."

"Bowlers did a good job in the first game but in the second game, the batsmen have to take the blame for the series loss. We did not put enough runs on the scoreboard so we need to look at the areas which require improvement."

Bangladesh's lowly-ranked status in T20Is leaves them fighting for qualification into the Super 12 stage of ICC T20 World Cup later this year.

The Mahmudullah-captained 'Tigers' are grouped alongside Namibia, Scotland and Netherlands with the top two teams in the four-team table expected to progress to the next round.

"This is the format we need to keep searching for the momentum and proper guidelines to play well consistently," Mahmudullah said.

'Pakistan has a huge factory of producing fast bowlers'

Pakistan's relatively inexperienced pace attack thrived in conditions more conducive to slow bowling options.

Despite Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz going unpicked for the series, the youngsters including debutant Haris Rauf choked the flow of runs on both occasions, resulting in paltry totals posted by Bangladesh.

"I always feel that Pakistan has a huge factory of producing fast bowlers. They have a very good bunch of pace bowlers," Mahmudullah opined.

"Haris Rauf has been very impressive with his new ball and old ball skills, Shaheen Shah has also been doing very well."

"The wicket wasn't easy to bat on. In the first game, we realised the nature of the surface a bit later and should have approached in a different way from the start. Next time, we should be mindful of these things," he added.

Bangladesh will now return to Pakistan under the leadership of Mominul Haque for a solitary Test starting February 7.

The next match of the two-Test series would take place following the conclusion of the Pakistan Super League.

While maintaining that the security arrangments in Lahore were top-notch, Mahmudullah said: "Hopefully, we will come back again in the Test matches but in matters related to cricket, I think we’re better than that."