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Domingo happy to see Shakib regain his form

Published : 03 Jul 2022 08:58 PM

Bangladesh head coach Russel Domingo was pleased with Shakib al Hasan's turnaround to form but felt he could have played a bigger innings in the rain-washed first T20I against West Indies.

Shakib played a cameo innings of 29 off 15 balls, which featured two fours and an equal number of sixes. Shakib was dismissed after being edged to the keeper while trying to chase a googly from Hayden Walsh Jr.

"Shakib was positive. But Shakib got out in the wrong time. He knows that. We needed someone to get big scores. We need those in this format. We needed good partnerships, but as soon as partnerships were developing we lost wickets," said Domingo.

Bangladesh failed to capitalize on a good start as they went from 36 for one at one stage to being 105 for eight in 13 overs. Domingo believes that with some practice his side will put in a better performance in the second game.

"At 45 for two, we got a really good start, but then some really poor batting. I'm sure we'll be better in the next game; guys have had a long boat trip, no practice yesterday with the weather being disruptive. I'm sure we'll see an improved performance in the second match," he added.

Meanwhile, the coach said Nurul Hasan Sohan could be a very important player for his team in this format, with his specific attributes which aren't common in the team. The wicketkeeper-batter got 25 off 16 balls with one four and two sixes.

"Sohan, I think, can be a really important player for us in this format. He's a powerful guy, big hitter at the back end that gives us a new dimension. But he also took the wrong option with the dismissal. There is learning for him. But it's good to see him in good form, carrying the form from the Test matches," Domingo said.