Monday 16 June 2014 

Video - Bangladesh Too Slow, India Too Good - Hossain

Fast bowler Al-Amin Hossain admits that Bangladesh batted too slowly against an Indian side that was too strong for them during the first One-Day International in Dhaka.

Although Bangladesh posted 272 for nine in their 50 overs, they were beaten by seven wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Set 150 to win in 26 overs after heavy rain delayed the game for almost three hours, India got home with seven balls to spare to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.

"You were observing that they were becoming aggressive after facing one or two good balls - coming down the wicket and playing good shots and hitting boundaries," Hossain said when asked about India's innings.

"In contrast, batting first, we played a bit slower. When someone's performance gets slow, bowlers become aggressive and it becomes easier for them to take the wicket. They didn't give us this scope.

"The bowling was ok when Mashrafe (Mortaza) and I were bowling. There were one or two good balls, but they're scoring a boundary off the next ball. We'll try to play better in the next match."

India have rested a number of first-choice players including captain MS Dhoni for this tour, but Hossain says this is still a strong side they are up against.

"I wouldn't say they are a weak team. Look, they've come after playing the IPL (Indian Premier League).," he said.

"Many good international cricketers participated in that and they've (Indian team) got the highest run-scorers and the highest wicket-takers in the team.

"All over they are a very good side. Although they had not played at international level, they are very good as a team."

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