Bangladesh batsmen were out to "stupid shots": Iqbal

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2011, 13:51 PM IST

Dhaka: Opener Tamim Iqbal thought Bangladesh batsmen played "some stupid shots" as they struggled to post a decent target for Ireland in their World Cup Group B match on Friday.

Despite scoring a paltry 205, the co-hosts managed to snatch a thrilling 27-run victory after Ireland were skittled for 178.

"We played some stupid shots and got out," Tamim told reporters after scoring a brisk 44 off 43 balls.

Iqbal singled out himself and his captain Shakib Al Hasan (16) as the worst offenders as he felt the duo should have punished the Irish attack further instead of falling to rash shots.

"The wicket was okay and we have been playing here for ages and we knew it will be hard to score on," he said.

"Definitely the way I was batting I thought I was timing the ball very nicely finally. It was a ball to hit and I hit it... and it went straight to the fielder."

Iqbal and Imrul Kayes had given Bangladesh a flying start as they raced to 50 runs inside six overs but some inspired fielding and a controlled bowling display from the Irish stifled the innings to the dismay of the home fans who started to fear another defeat at the hands of the Irish.

"Hopefully from next time I will try to convert this kind of score into a big one," Iqbal said.

"I scored 44 and I really enjoyed my 44 runs. I am going to think about it and if I get another chance of scoring 40 then I will try to make it big."

Four years ago in the Caribbean, Ireland sensationally defeated Pakistan in the group stages and followed it up by beating Bangladesh in the following round.

Bureau Report