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We should not have lost like this – Mashrafe Mortaza

What happened last evening in Bangalore was nothing short of a serious heist, as the Indians got out of jail. With just 2 needed off 3 deliveries, it needed some serious absurdity and lack of application from Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah to lose the game and gift India a victory. In the post match conference, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza admitted that his side should not have lost the game.

“I am not going to blame anyone,” Mortaza 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.”

“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,” the dejected skipper added.

“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,” he summed up.

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