India v Bangladesh, World T20 2016, Group 2, Bangalore March 23, 2016

'Nobody wants to lose like this' - Mashrafe


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'Everything was all right till last three balls' - Mashrafe

Mashrafe Mortaza has rallied around the batsmen who took Bangladesh close, but lost their wickets as a win against India was within their grasp. Mushfiqur Rahim hit successive fours in the final over to leave his team needing two runs to win, off three balls. But both he and Mahmudullah holed out to midwicket in consecutive deliveries, transforming Bangladesh's strong position into a weak one.

"I am not going to blame anyone," Mashrafe said. "The whole dressing-room felt disappointed after the loss. We needed two off the last three balls, and we had two set batsmen at the crease and one still in the shed. It becomes very hard for everyone when we end up losing three wickets in that situation."

Mashrafe conceded that Mushfiqur could have batted more sensibly, but refused to cast aspersions on his behaviour. Having brought the equation to two from three balls with a four, Mushfiqur celebrated the shot animatedly as he approached bowler Hardik Pandya - who himself had been animated when he took the catch of Mohammad Mithun earlier in the innings.

"If we were calculative at that stage, it wouldn't have given us much risk. There were no fielders in the circle. If we had taken a single [off the delivery that Mushfiqur got out], it would have set us up in a better position. It would have helped if we thought like that. We just couldn't do it that way.

"Mushfiqur could have been more careful, but at the same time, since he got us close - maybe he celebrated because of that. There's nothing to be negative about, because any batsman would get boosted up after those two fours."

Mashrafe did describe the loss as something that would be hard to swallow though. Bangladesh have lost all three games in the Super 10s stage of the tournament so far, and have one more match against New Zealand, after which they will head home.

"The loss was a shocking thing for all of us. Nobody wants to lose like this. It is hard to explain but it is quite disappointing. And it's always difficult to take something from it. Being a professional player, we have to play hard cricket in the last match. If we can do something there we can take something back home. We have to fight hard."

Bangladesh had done well until that stage however. India were strong favourites to win the match in front of a baying home crowd, but were outplayed in large sectors of the match.

"Leave out the last three balls, we played brilliantly. We did everything to win otherwise. We came back after they had two good overs towards the end. We played well at nearly every moment."

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  •   Santosh Meena on March 27, 2016, 4:11 GMT

    No body is talking of stumping of Sabbir rehman...........u will not see many wicketkeepers showing such presence of mind. Sabbir foot was over the ground for just half a second. Despite everything going against India....they were managing wickets at regular intervals just with presence of mind.

  • machhindra on March 26, 2016, 10:48 GMT

    Here most of you forgetting one stat. in all t20i played on the ground 11 out of 12 were won by team batting second. in this match Bangladesh won the toss and chose to field. India broke the trend. and still these Bangla fans think India was lucky.

  • Mahmood on March 25, 2016, 21:05 GMT

    Mushfiq should learn to let his bat do most of the talking. Two things I did like in the last game. 1. Bringing in Mash early. Even though he only had hit one 6 playing just one ball... even that was important. Keeping the momentum of run rate is more critical than saving a wicket in this high paced game. When I saw come to bat in that spot, I felt, in that that moment in time that he would just change the course of the game single-handedly all by himself. It didn't happen but it was a great gamble, in my opinion. I wonder if others felt that way as well. 2. Keeping Sarker lower down the order was a good move and and a good back-up reserve ammunision given his form not quite clicking or up to the mark. I think this new continuously changing conditions has a lot to do with it though... not his form.

  • Mehdi hasan on March 25, 2016, 10:19 GMT

    Forget about this and concentrate on next game ....

  • Mehdi hasan on March 25, 2016, 10:19 GMT

    BD should think about next game , they should prepare for NZ clash forget about this performance and prepare for Eden pitch , same tactics , want to see more home work and like to see Nasir instead of Holm. give more chance to your proven smart and brave player. and remember plan more for last 4 over. al amin is not a depth bowler , no one member that al amin cost 17 runs at the 18 over , that cost BD this match , India should not score more that 140 in this match. if BD can apply similar strategy i think Nz will find it tough and i am sure that they can not read Mustafiz at all.

  •   Achutha Rao on March 25, 2016, 9:12 GMT

    It did seem that India wanted to loose, so, they dropped 4 catches and few edges for bangladesh which otherwise wouldn't have fetched even a single. It was India's match all through.

  •   Devraj Samse on March 25, 2016, 7:10 GMT

    BD fans and players first learn that its just game of cricket and not war Learn to respect other cricketers Be mature and dont be sick.

  • Logan on March 25, 2016, 5:35 GMT

    It can only take a great team to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.No if's & but's and if we use these theories then only can say if certain catches against Ban were taken,they could have easily been bowled out.One of the greatest win this WC has seen.The Ind fans were taken from a point of dissolation to utter elation and the reverse can be said of the Ban fans.Thats the diff bet. the sides.

  • Chatty on March 25, 2016, 0:34 GMT

    Well, India were certainly lucky to win the match. One can argue about the bastman's behavior, his cool headness, etc. Any other time, they would have taken those two runs. This just wasn't their day. This had nothing to do with the bowling quality or exceptional skills of Dhoni or anything like that. It was just pure luck. Not to belittle Dhoni, who I think is a great limited over captain and player. But this was just a miracle.

  • Arun on March 24, 2016, 21:33 GMT

    Mashrafe is wrong in saying that they 'played well at nearly every moment'. They played poorly and were allowed to get within touching distance because India was awful on the field. 4 dropped catches is just pathetic and Bangladesh not winning even after that kind of benevolence is even more pathetic. "Leave out the last three balls, we played brilliantly", is like saying - I studied diligently everyday for 11 months, but leave out the examination part, which I failed.

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