Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo said he’d never been in a game where the batsmen went out to bat without knowing the DLS target. On Tuesday, the incident occurred during the second Twenty20 International between Bangladesh and New Zealand in Napier. The game was called off in unusual circumstances because the visitors had not been given a revised target when they began their pursuit.
After the target was adjusted using the DLS method, it appeared that Bangladesh would have to chase 148 in 16 overs when the second innings resumed.
However, after 1.3 overs, play was halted and the ball was taken into custody by the umpires due to confusion over the target Bangladesh was chasing.
Play was halted for nearly five minutes, and after some calculations, it was determined that Bangladesh would need to chase 170 runs in 16 overs.
“I don’t think I have been involved in a game before where batters go out and don’t know what the DLS target is. There was a lot of rain around. Nobody had any idea of how many we needed after five or six overs. I don’t think the game should have started until it was finalised, before there was a clear indication of what is required, and what we needed at certain stages. I don’t quite think it [the conduct of the match] was good enough this evening,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Domingo as saying.
“[When we met the match referee] they were still waiting for the printouts and calculations to take place. I think if you are waiting, the game can’t start before you get it. What was explained now was that they normally get it one or two balls into the innings, but hadn’t received it yet. They were waiting for it. There were delays and all sorts of stuff. No excuses [for the defeat], but this is just very frustrating for us. They couldn’t delay the game much longer, because they were running out of overs,” he added.
New Zealand’s all-round bowling performance blunted the impact of Soumya’s valiant half-century, allowing them to cruise to victory over Bangladesh in the second T20I.
On Thursday, the third and final T20I will be played in Auckland.