Mushfiqur Rahim said losing too many wickets at a regular interval cost them the match.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has blamed his side’s inability to draw a Test match, which they lost at the hands of Sri Lanka by 259 runs in first Test at Galle. Rahim, who scored 85 and 34 in both innings added losing too many wickets at a wrong time cost them the match.

Bangladesh resumed day five at 67 for no less and lost ten wickets within two sessions, handing Sri Lanka an early lead in the two-match series. Appearing disappointed with the low performance, Rahim said with the start given to the innings he expected a better fight, but eventually it wasn’t there.

“Last night the way the openers batted, I thought the wicket was pretty good. Still, it doesn’t look like a day-five wicket. It doesn’t look like there is anything wrong with the wicket. We had a hope that if we managed to survive the first one hour, we could do something.”

Admitting to have failed to deliver the desired results, the captain said after going down five wickets it was hard to make a comeback anyway. He then congratulated Sri Lanka for the well deserving win by saying they outplayed the visitors in all departments of the game.

“We lost our top five batsmen in the first hour. After that it’s very difficult to recover. They had to just bowl the right line and length from thereon. Losing that many wickets in the first hour cost us the game. We were outplayed in all three departments and they deserved to win.”

The second Test match of the series will be starting in Colombo from March 15.

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