03 September 2008
Bangladesh suffered yet another humiliating loss in the second ODI of the Commonwealth Bank series as Australia effortlessly secured a 8-wicket win at the TIO Stadium in Darwin with 27.2 overs to spare.
Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful won the toss yet again and opted to bat first on a fresh drop-down wicket with plenty of dew on the outfield, an ideal condtion for swing bowling. Australia reaped the benefit of bowling first and reduced Bangladesh to 15/3 in 5.4 overs. Bangladesh never recovered from the disasterous start and were shot out for a meager 117 in 36.1 overs.
Bangladesh skipper Ashraful chased a wide delivery and his wild swing found Cameron White at second slip. However, he tried to defend his idiotic shot making which is beyond any explanation,
"It was a half volley and a four ball. It just swung too much. The ball was swinging a lot early on and that is only natural. It would swing in the first 6-7 overs whether you bowl first or second and it is our responsibility as batsmen to see off that period. We again failed to do that," said Ashraful.
"It is very disappointing. We are unable to implement what we practicing and planning. Everyone knows and we know that we are a much better team than this and we can play much better cricket. It's just not happening for us at the moment," Ashraful added.
Ashraful also refused to see the team making 117 as an improvement from the first ODI where they were bundled out for 74.
"The disappointment is the same. Improvement would have been scoring over 200 and pushing Australia. I thought we had confidence in the batting department after the practice matches where we twice made 300 plus scores and crossed 270 twice. But after the first match I guess the confidence has suffered a bit."
Coach Jamie Siddons said he was sorry for the Bangladesh supporters after another poor show.
"On behalf of the team I want to apologise to our fans around the world and all those who are supporting us back home. I can assure you that we are a much more capable side and we will do a lot better against New Zealand at home and maybe even in the last ODI here."