There was an edge on the outside and the bat was not touching the surface of the pitch – Tom Moody reacts on Shakib’s dismissal

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Shakib Al Hasan says on my performance, I could have done better and as long as I am fit and performing, I would love to play

The game between Pakistan and Bangladesh had a questionable moment when Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was given out and there was controversy surrounding it, which former India star Robin Uthappa said might have had an effect.

Pakistan has another chance in Sunday’s Group 2 match against Bangladesh and came out with a five-wicket win. The victory ensured they reached the T20 World Cup semi-final from Group 2. 

After South Africa lost to the Netherlands in the first Group 2 match of the day, the game between Bangladesh and Pakistan turned into an immediate knockout for the two teams to reach the last four stages. 

Bangladesh made 127/8 in 20 overs while Pakistan chased down the target in 18.1 overs. The match had a questionable moment when Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was given out, which former India star Robin Uthappa said might have had an effect.

Shadab impacted twice on successive balls in the 11th over including an LBW dismissal of Bangladesh captain Shakib, but there was controversy surrounding it. 

Shakib reviewed the decision and it showed up from replays that the ball touched the bat before it hit the pad. However, Shakib was given out by the third umpire as well.

“Certainly, the evidence that we saw on television, it was not out. There was an edge on the outside. Certainly, the bat was not touching the surface of the pitch. That cannot be confusing that’s where that noise came from. I was incredibly surprised to see that decision,”

Tom Moody, former Sri Lanka coach, said on ESPNcricinfo.

“Tom is putting it mildly. I would be flabbergasted if I was Shakib Al Hasan. There was, that much off the ground. That could be the difference between a 127 and a 150, with Shakib there as well. Shakib has not been among runs but he would be eager to score run in this game. That could be the difference,”

Robin Uthappa, a member of India’s 2007 World T20-winning team, added.

Later, at the post-match presentation, Shakib did not say anything about the dismissal.

“At the halfway stage, we were 70/1. Wanted to get somewhere around 145-150 – would have been a reasonable total on that pitch. Knew it was going to be difficult for the new batters so wanted set batters to carry through to the end which did not happen. In terms of results, this is the best performance we had in T20 World Cups, and could have done better. But having said that, with the new guys coming in, with the changes, this is the best we could expect. On my performance – I could have done better. As long as I am fit and performing, I would love to play,”

said Shakib.

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