Sabbir: I play well when I bat positively


After scoring an unbeaten fifty to help his team beat Pakistan in their one-off T20 International on Friday, Bangladesh batsman Sabbir Ahmed said that batting in the same situations in domestic cricket helped him stay composed at the crease.

Chasing a modest total of 142 to win the Tigers were in trouble as they stumbled to 38 for three inside six overs, but Sabbir and Shakib Al Hassan both scored unbeaten fifties to guide Bangladesh to a seven-wicket victory.

The 23 year-old Sabbir showed no sign of nerves as smashed seven fours and one six to end on 51 not off only 32 balls as he scooped the man of the match award.

Sabbir said after the game: "I did not see much difference between these situations in domestic and international cricket. I always try to play seriously.

"My confidence rose after that hundred in the practice game. In this innings, I didn't put much planning into the approach.

"I just always try to be positive when I go to the middle. I play well when I bat positively. I hope I keep playing in this way. I wasn't afraid, I just tried to play ball-to-ball. I didn't see who was bowling.

"The biggest thing for me is that Bangladesh won the T20. I always think that if my one run helps the team, I am happy."