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We didn't bat against Chahal with a negative mindset: Mahmudullah

Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah has blamed his side's loss on the middle-order collapse against India, which lost them the momentum and eventually lost them the match at Rajkot on Thursday.

On a batsmen-friendly wicket, Bangladesh were 83 for 1 after 10.2 overs but lost their way in the middle. They ended up totalling just 153 for 6 and lost to India by eight wickets.

"The openers gave us a very good start and that was a 180 plus wicket. Pitch was very good to bat on, especially when we lost Soumya (Sarkar's) wicket, there were two new batsmen in the middle, we took a little bit of time and probably cost us the match. We should have got at least 175-plus score," Mahmudullah said.

Opener Liton Das and Mohammad Naim shared a 60-run opening stand in just 7.2 overs and it seemed they were on their way to post a commendable total on the board. India got back into the game thanks to Yuzvendra Chahal who claimed two wickets in the 13th over, taking out Mushfiqur Rahim and Soumya Sarkar.

"It is very necessary to have a set batsman till 15-16 overs on this kind of wicket. There should be someone who can carry on and those who are with him, maybe if they can make 20-30 runs, it will help a lot," Mahmudullah said. "If you look at India's batting order, Rohit pulled off the win alone, he has batted really well. If such an innings came from one of our top order batsmen, we probably would have had a better chance of scoring 170-180 runs,'' he said, adding that he is not ready to blame any particular batsman.

Mahmudullah further said that their game plan against Chahal was to play low-risk game though it hardly looked that his teammates kept that into their mind while batting against the legspinner.

"Not dominating Chahal (was the plan) but if you see that the way Mushi (Mushfiqur Rahim) got out, that is one of his strong shots to score, so I don't blame him, I don't blame anyone, it was the momentum of the game that we needed to understand, we could have understood what are the threats that we need to face at that particular time, but we didn't recognize those things and fell short of those runs.

"We know that Chahal is their strike bowler. In the middle overs, we didn't think that if he was a strike bowler or their main bowler. We were thinking about how much less risk we can take against him or find a gap. We didn't bat against him with a negative mindset.

"We played 38 dot balls in the innings. Maybe that's okay, but there will definitely be opportunities to improve. However, I pointed out that our batsmen had to take more responsibility today... The goal was to get a good score but we couldn't do that and it is the failure of our batsmen."

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