Sylhet Sixers’ Bangladeshi pacer Taskin Ahmed told reporters on Friday that his match-winning four-wicket haul against Chittagong Vikings was the result of bowling according to the team’s plans.
Taskin claimed 4-28 in his four overs against Chittagong on Wednesday to guide his side to a narrow five-run victory, their first one in this year’s tournament.
‘I was actually trying to bowl according to the pitch,’ Taskin told reporters after being asked about changes in his bowling approach.
‘Our plan was to bowl in the hard length. I mean to bowl wicket to wicket and use variations. I was able to apply the plans properly, that’s why maybe I was successful in the last match,’ he added.
Taskin dismissed the dangerous Afghan opener Mohammad Shahzad in his first over and dismissed Mohammad Ashraful in the third over of his spell.
Chittagong were still in with a chance to win the match as they required 41 runs off the final three overs with Zimbabwean all-rounder Sikandar Raza well set on 36 off 26 balls and Robbie Frylinck unbeaten on 12 when Taskin came into bowl his final over.
Taskin swang the match firmly in Sylhet’s favour when he dismissed Raza in the penultimate delivery of the 18th over and claimed the wicket of Nayeem Hasan in the final delivery of his spell.
Taskin credited his proper execution of yorkers and slower deliveries for his success in the final stages of the match.
‘Death overs are tough and challenging for both the bowlers and batsmen. I was able to execute well in that moment. The Yorkers, slower deliveries were good and that’s why I think that over went well,’ he said.
Sylhet desperately needed the win against Chittagong after suffering a disappointing four-wicket loss against Comilla Victorians in their opening match on Sunday.
Taskin however, claimed that his side’s atmosphere was very good even after losing their first match and hopped that his side would maintain this mindset to end up with a positive outcome in this year’s tournament.
‘Sylhet Sixers’ management, coaching staff are all very familiar and are supporting us. Even after losing the first match everything was good,’ said Taskin.
‘Then we won the second match. All in all we are in a good shape, if we continue like this, hopefully something good will happen.’
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