Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah cited bowler’s inability to apply pressure on Indian batsmen, as the reason behind Bangladesh’s loss to India yesterday.
Meanwhile, India beat Bangladesh by 17 runs to confirm a berth in the finals of the Nidahas Trophy 2018.
Bangladesh failed to replicate their performance from the last game when they chased a record target of 215. Although Mushfiqur Rahim tried his best, but was unable to take his team over the rope.
Rahim continued his form with an unbeaten knock of 72 but ran out of partners at the other end. Also, Bangladesh couldn’t recover after losing four quick wickets at the top.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma came to form at the right time, as he guided India to 176 for three. Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina provided good support to India’s stand-in skipper.
Washington Sundar was brilliant with the ball picking three wickets. The young off-spinner has had a good series so far and also been India’s highest wicket-taker so far.
Bowler’s inability reason for lose:
Mahmudullah feels his bowlers failed to apply pressure on the Indian batsmen and leaked too many runs. Further, he feels they should have chased down the target with Tamim Iqbal providing a good start.
“I think we started well with the ball but gave away too many runs in the last few overs,” said Mahmudullah. “If we had conceded ten runs fewer, it would have helped us. With the bat, Mushfiqur made 72 out of 160-odd (159). If another top-order batsman could have contributed around 25 runs, things may have been different for us.
“I personally felt that we should have chased down that score. Tamim gave us a good start, but on the other side, nobody could step up. We should have had another innings of 25-odd, which would have made the difference, as we had another batsman scoring 72. We started well with the ball. Our spinners bowled brilliantly. Miraz started well and then gave away a bit more runs later on. There are some areas that we need to work on with the ball,” he added.
I didn’t stand up to the occasion:
The middle-order batsmen also cited failure with the bat as the reason behind Bangladesh’s loss. Meanwhile, Mahmudullah had a poor series so far, as he failed to score big with the bat.
“I couldn’t kick on with Mushfiqur during our partnership. We still have a game in hand, so it is better to not think of what happened in this game. We should stick to our plans, which will bring me something good,” Mahmudullah concluded.
Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka in a must-win clash tomorrow (March 16) to book a place in the final.
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