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‘It was a bit slippery, but…’: Shakib’s no-nonsense response to the playing conditions | Cricket

India and Bangladesh played a thriller at the T20 World Cup in Adelaide on Wednesday, with the Men In Blue eventually coming out victorious by a narrow margin of five runs. The match saw good competitive cricket from both sides as KL Rahul and Virat Kohli dictated the show in the early part of the match.

Struggle for form, KL Rahul knocked a 31 ball for half a century before being removed by Shakib Al Hasan. Kohli, on the other hand, continued his imperious form and again returned undefeated for 64 (44) to help India stack a massive 184/6 on the board.

In response, Bangladesh started strong with Litton Das leading the chase. He hit a 21-ball 50, before rain broke his and Bangladesh’s momentum as they lost the plot after the action resumed after a forced break due to poor weather conditions.

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Bangladesh, which was given a revised goal of 151 in 16 overs, could only muster 145/6 in the end. After the match, several questions were asked to Bangladesh skipper Shakib about the playing conditions and whether it was feasible to continue with the match.

The questions particularly highlighted the two incidents where Litton slipped while running between the wickets after the rain break. Shakib, however, came up with a brilliant response, saying that rain should not be an excuse behind the loss.

“It was a bit slippery. Due to the amount of rain it was a bit slippery. Normally that would suit the batting side rather than the bowling side. We cannot make an excuse for that,” Shakib said during the press conference afterwards.

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Shakib also lamented the fact that Bangladesh lost the plot over what seemed an achievable goal. In response to another question, asking about the locker room discussions at halftime, Shakib said the boys wanted the match to go ahead and there were no doubts about whether the revised target would be in India’s favour.

“No one has talked about whether it is fair or not fair. I don’t think in our dressing room, nobody talked about it. We wanted to play. We wanted to win. We tried our best. Everyone did their best and unfortunately we came up short,” he added.

Shakib did not have a brilliant performance with the bat, but was effective with the ball. The all-rounder scalped two wickets from his quota of four overs and gave up 33 runs.

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