Hathurusingha: NZ loss summed up our WT20


Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha said his side's 75-run loss to New Zealand in the World T20 summed up their performance for the tournament as the Asian team went home without a victory in Super 10s.

The Tigers, already having lost to Pakistan, Australia and hosts India in the global tournament, went down to the Kiwis in Kolkata after being bowled out for 70 chasing a target of 146 on a slow pitch.

The Black Caps posted a score of 145 for eight and Hathurusingha said his team gave away to much at the start.

Hathurusingha said: "If you look at the start we were a bit lethargic, we were lackadaisical in our fielding, then some brilliance in between with our bowlers and then we finished poorly with the bat.

"For me it sums up the whole World Cup – we had some brilliant moments, we were in the game, we were competitive but then again we were so [near yet so] far."

The Tigers' coach was full of praise though for his bowling sensation Mustafizur Rahman as the left-arm continued his rise to prominence with figures of 22 from four overs.

Hathurusingha said of Mustafizur: "He is one of the very intelligent cricketers although he hasn't played much cricket.

"He has got some variations which other people don't have but he is using them very cleverly. He has bowled to [MS ]Dhoni some four-five times in the last six months but still he [has] managed to keep him down."