Mortaza dejected

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza thinks it will be difficult for them to retain confidence in their next match after the heart-stopping last-ball defeat against India in the World Twenty20 here.

Mortaza and his men restricted India to a 146/7 before Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim brought the equation down to 2 off 3 balls in final over at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday night.

Mushfiqur hit back-to-back boundaries in Hardik Pandya’s final over and the duo looked set to seal a famous victory but threw their wickets away.

“It is very difficult losing a match like this and to take something back from here to another match. But being a professional player, you have to take it,” Mortaza was quoted as saying by

The captain, however, believes the match could have gone either way.

“I don’t know how to describe it… if it is luck or what. Easily the match could have gone our way… I think, there is also some element of luck.”

After Mushfiqur walked back playing a rash shot, Mahmudullah blew it by holing out in the deep off a Pandya full toss as Bangladesh lost three wickets in the last three balls and crashed out of the tournament.

“A full toss could have been sent out of the park. But we couldn’t do it. It could also be looked at the other way. The players could have taken the single and reduced it to ‘two balls, one run’. That would have been much easier.”

Bangladesh will take on table-toppers New Zealand in their last Group 2 match on Saturday at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.

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