Moles frustrated by defeat

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Afghanistan??were beaten by 105 runs in Canberra after being bowled out for 162 in reply to the Bangladesh’s total of 267.

Moles was impressed by his side during the opening 30 overs of Bangladesh???s innings, in which they reduced their opponents to 119-4.

But he was frustrated by the subsequent display as Afghanistan were targeted by half-centurions Mushfiqur Rahim (71) and Shakib Al Hasan (63) and were then left reeling while batting after slipping to 3-3.

???We’re disappointed with our performance today,??? said Moles. ???We haven’t disgraced ourselves, but that wasn’t a true reflection of the work that we do in preparation and the way we play our cricket.

???We genuinely thought we could win the game but we just didn’t get out of the blocks with the bat. We were in a fog and before we knew it we were one, two, three down and treading water.

???Not many teams come back from that in any game of cricket. We had a couple of good partnerships but they didn’t go on long enough.”

Moles added: “We do well with bat and ball for 35 overs and it’s that extra 15 overs where we need to work on our concentration levels, our discipline and our execution.

“In the first 30 overs today we bowled with discipline, fielded well and had control, but then one or two little bits of sloppiness crept into our fielding and our bowling wasn’t quite as focused.

“Then I really don’t think they [the batsmen] were up for the fight from ball one. We didn’t hit the heights that we expected of ourselves.”