Credit where credit is due. Khulna outplayed us today. They bowled better and certainly appeared to be a bit more organised in the field than we did.Â I was happy with some areas of the match though. Azhar Mahmood bowled a great opening spell, only going for 5 RPO and I thought that the fielding was really competent. There were glimpses of good bowling, too, but we didn't bowl enough balls in the right areas and this led to a higher score than the pitch deserved. Probably 150-166 would have a been a good score. 175 turned out to be far too many.
I was happy with the batting start we made and after 6 overs we were 58-1. Unfortunately we lost two wickets in one over after this point that set us back and forced a re-group. Russell and Adams for Khulna bowled well and made it hard to score freely. Very few bad balls came our way and Darren Stevens and Kieron Pollard had to work extremely hard to find scoring opportunities. In the end the run rate was always just a few points out of reach.
Sometimes, playing a tough, awkward match is better than having a simple win because you discover so much about areas of weakness. This gives a chance to find out what can be tightened up and improved.
It was a very useful match for a coach to assess because there are areas that were exposed for Dhaka and things we can definitely work on.Â We will do exactly that and come back hard.
Well played Khulna, though.Â