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Shakib among few bright spots for Bangladesh ahead of World Cup

Shakib: Bangladesh’s poor T20 World Cup results left them without a win in the four-match tri-series in New Zealand after Thursday’s defeat by Pakistan, but captain Shakib Al Hasan’s form will lift their spirits.

New Zealand and Pakistan had already booked their place in Friday’s final but Bangladesh was hoping for a confidence-boosting win before crossing the Tasman Sea for their T20 World Cup campaign in Australia.

Shakib scored his second consecutive half-century with a confident knock of 68 and along with Liton Das, who top-scored with 69, took Bangladesh to 173-6 in Christchurch.

This proved insufficient, however, as Muhammad Nawaz’s unbeaten 45 saw Pakistan through with seven wickets and delivery after the opening pair of Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan set up a successful chase with the fifties.

All-rounder Shakib said it was tough but I think we played our best cricket today. “We could have scored a few more runs, we got just three runs in the last over where we expected 12 to 15 runs.

“But I don’t want to point to the negative side, we played really well in the middle overs, where we lacked, so that’s a very good sign.

“We got the preparation we wanted from this series and now it’s up to us to express ourselves in the World Cup and do something good for the country.”

Bangladesh has tried various opening combinations in the series but their latest pairing of Soumya Sarkar (4) and Najam Hussain Shanto (12) also failed to click, the former falling with seven on the scoreboard at the start of the third over. went.

Lytton, who turned 28 on Thursday, appeared to suffer from a muscle strain a few balls into his innings but still managed to put on 88 runs for the third wicket with skipper Shakib.

Shakib, was not happy with his bowling, though he was now “very clear” about the team that will play in the World Cup, which begins with the qualifying group stage on Sunday.

Other World Cup warm-up matches between Sri Lanka and Ireland and Scotland against the United Arab Emirates in Melbourne were abandoned due to rain.

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