Nurul Hasan
Nurul Hasan. (Photo: BCB)

Bangladesh captain Nurul Hasan refused to make excuses after his team was defeated by Zimbabwe by 17 runs in the first T20I on Saturday, July 30.

The hosts scored 205 for three after electing to bat first at the Harare Sports Club.

ZIM vs BAN
ZIM vs BAN. Image: Twitter

Sikandar Raza led Zimbabwe above the 200-run threshold with an unbeaten 26-ball 65 that included seven fours and four sixes. The team of Craig Ervine scored 106 runs in the final 46 balls.

Runs were given up by Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, and Shoriful Islam at a rate of over 10. Nurul acknowledged that the Tigers’ bowlers misfired in the crucial innings-ending overs.

Taskin Ahmed
Taskin Ahmed (Photo: Twitter)

“They batted extremely well, and I believe we missed to bowl in excellent locations in the last five to six overs. Before the next game, there are some areas (bowling in the last five to six overs) that we need to work on “According to a comment from Nurul.

‘Everyone tried their level best’: Nurul Hasan

The visitors might have won if Bangladesh had bowled better, according to Nurul, who claimed that they lost 10-15 runs more while bowling.

“In terms of batting, bowling, or fielding, I do not want to offer any justifications because we need to get better as a team. A 50-50 game was played with everyone giving it their all. It would have been a significant achievement to chase down more than 200 runs” he said.

Nurul Hasan
Nurul Hasan (Image Credits: Twitter)

“We were optimistic that we could chase down the target when we entered the dressing room because the wicket was sound, but as I mentioned, we need to do a lot better when it comes to bowling in the final five to six overs. I believe the outcome of the game may have been different if we had given up 10 to 15 runs fewer “Nurul added.

On Sunday, July 31 at the same location, the second T20I of the three-match series is slated to begin.

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