Russell Domingo says as a coach and part of management, it’s very frustrating to see the mistakes
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo believes that repeated and “frustrating” botches cost them the ODI series against Zimbabwe while Zimbabwe organized an extraordinary run-chase for the second time in three days to defeat Bangladesh by five wickets on Sunday.
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo believes that repeated and “frustrating” botches cost them the ODI series against Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe organized an extraordinary run-chase for the second time in three days to defeat Bangladesh by five wickets on Sunday and secure the ODI series with one game in hand.
Zimbabwe chased 291 with 15 balls in excess, returning from the early loss of wickets and overwhelming a sluggish scoring rate.
Sikandar Raza and Regis Chakabva reversed the situation with a 201-run fifth-wicket partnership to assist the host with securing the series for the first time since 2013. In the opening game as well, Zimbabwe had put forth a comparative attempt as they chased down more than 300 runs regardless of battling at one point in the game; Sikandar and Innocent Kaia had then scripted a memorable comeback.
”As a coach and as management, it’s very frustrating to see the mistakes because we seem to be making them more regularly than we should. We talked about it and we are trying to work on it but then under pressure players seem to make the same mistake and that is an area of concern for us,”Domingo told reporters after the second game at Harare.
“In both games, they were 16 for 3 and 40 for 4 and then boys just didn’t deal with the pressure well enough. Too many softballs, too many balls bowled to the wrong field and wrong options are taken. Boys are trying but they are not learning quickly and they are making the same mistakes over and over again. It’s a disappointing thing. They are trying hard but they are just not learning from their mistakes and keep making the same mistakes over and over and good teams and good players gonna punish you under these conditions. They are punished by four really good hundreds in the last two games.”
Domingo said that they were never self-satisfied while taking on the hosts and that their failure to form a big partnership was the major difference between the two sides.
”No complacency at all. We have been talking about how dangerous this particular side is and last year we won the series 3-0 but there were two tight games and we won the T20Is 2-1, so complacency never came into it,”said the South African.
”We haven’t got any hundreds we have got a lot of 50s and lot of 40s but nobody batted long enough and got that big partnership.
”Some great lessons for us coaching staffs and the players with World Cup still year and a half away. Fortunately, these games don’t count for points so we got to see that as a great learning experience because we got outplayed in these last two games,”he said.
”I think you got to give credit to Zimbabwe and Sikandar in particular as he played fantastically well. Two of the better one-day hundreds you will find under pressure. Look we probably know we left 20 runs out yesterday, maybe 20 runs out today… we could have got more and it’s very difficult to defend in the afternoon, and Zimbabwe thoroughly deserve the win and they outplayed us on both days. No excuses,”said Domingo.
”They have got a batter (Sikandar) who is in the form of his life. He is playing as good as any international player I have seen even in the T20Is, he played in the qualifier and he played two unbelievable games and some of the younger players like Regis and others are maturing now and getting more experience and getting a bit more knowhow about how to win games. They got a bit more structure in their batting line-up and they cleared the boundary in the middle. They also played spin a lot better than we played and that is the biggest plus factor for them,”he said.