Tigers rue early loss

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Mar 15,2018 | Updated: 00:19, Mar 15,2018

 
 

Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot during their Nidahas Twenty20 tri-series match against India at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday.— AFP photo

Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah on Wednesday said that their early wickets in the run-chase cost them the game as they lost to India by 17 runs in their third match of the tri-nation Twenty20 tournament in Colombo.
Bangladesh top-order batsmen failed to repeat their previous match performance as they were held to 61-4 in the ninth over after India made 176-3 with skipper Rohit Sharma hitting 89 off 61 deliveries.
Washington Sundar stumped Liton Das out for seven in the second over before he bowled Soumya Sarkar out for one.
Tamim failed to cash in on his fine start as he became the third victim of Washington after making 27 while Mahmudullah failed to impress once again as he could made only eight runs to leave Bangladesh in disarray.
‘We wanted a flying start, but the early wickets made us lose momentum,’ said Mahmudullah in the post-match presentation.
‘Also, if we would’ve conceded 10 less runs then we could’ve won. While bowling, our plan was to bowl the yorker but we didn’t execute them properly,’ he added.
Despite the early loses, Mushfiqur Rahim continued his superb form in this tournament smashing unbeaten 72 off 55 deliveries – his consecutive fifty in the series but failed to take the side to winning line this time around.
Mushfiq paired with Sabbir Rahman and added 65 runs for the fifth wicket but Sabbir could hardly produce attacking play in his 27 off 23-ball innings as Bangladesh had to face the defeat at the end.
Mahmudullah lamented that there should be someone with Mushfiq to help the Tigers out of the situation.
‘Our effort was there, but we needed someone else to contribute with the bat,’ he said.

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