Bangladesh skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza was struggling to explain about what went wrong during their three-run defeat to West Indies in the second one-day international in Guyana on Thursday.
After several twists and turns, the Tigers, who were set a target of 272 runs, came within touching distance of their first series win in overseas in nine years before they spoiled the chance.
‘It is disappointing to lose this kind of match. In the last 13 balls we needed 14 runs, six wickets in hands. We should not have lost the match from this position,’ Mashrafee said after the match.
Mushfiqur Rahim played a brilliant innings to take Bangladesh close but could not finish it off having been dismissed in the first ball of the final over.
Trouble began in the last ball of the penultimate over when Sabbir Rahman failed to clear the rope with eight needed from six seven balls, putting another question mark on his utility in the team.
His abrupt dismissal for 12 with a catch at deep midwicket made Mushfiq inevitably nervous and it cost the batsman his wicket.
Mushfiq made a feeble attempt for a six in the first ball of the next over and was caught at deep midwicket off Jason Holder after scoring 68 off 67 balls.
Mosaddek Hossain conceded next two balls as dots and then somehow scored three runs in two balls to leave skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza in need of hitting a six in the last ball of the innings.
Holder kept his cool as Mashrafee could collect only a single, meaning Bangladesh ended their chase with 268-6, replying to West Indies’ 271-9 in 50 overs.
‘It did not happen for the first time. It happened quite a few occasions,’ lamented Mashrafee.
‘It’s difficult to explain if it was technical or mental fault. We could have said this if we had needed 20 off 12 balls. But it was only 13 off 12 balls.
‘We should have kept our nerve easy in this situation, if we had the tendency to take single, it would have done, but we could not do that,’ he said.
Mashrafee regretted the run out of Mahmudullah in the 46th over, which halted Bangladesh’s momentum.
Mahmudullah helped Bangladesh back into the contest after the pre-mature dismissal of Tamim Iqbal (54) and Sakib al Hasan (56) with an 87-run stand with Mushfiq.
Just when it looked like they would take Bangladesh home, Mahmudullah was run out for 39 after a mix-up with Mushfiq, exposing Bangladesh’s vulnerable youth brigade.
‘If Riyad [Mahmudullah] was not run out at that time may be match would have been finished early,’ said a remorseful Mashrafee.
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