Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Liton Das' dismissal the turning point, rues Mahmudullah. Bangladesh lost a nail-biter in the final over by three runs
Bangladesh lost a nail-biter in the final over by three runs
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah believes Liton Das's dismissal in a nervy chase cost his side against West Indies on Friday. Bangladesh's chances of advancing to the last-four look all but over as they lost a final-over thriller against West Indies by three runs in Sharjah, slumping to three defeats in as many fixtures.
Das made 44 off 43 balls and Mahmudullah remained unbeaten on 31 off 24 balls and the duo looked all set to bring them their first points in the group stage before it slipped away from their hands after the former was caught right at the boundary line at long on by Jason Holder.
“I think we were batting well at that stage. The partnership with Liton was going well, but had his shot off Bravo's last ball gone for six instead, it would have put us in a better position. It was a big turning point, since Liton was set. I think two set batsmen in the last over could have given us a six or a four,” Mahmudullah told reporters after the game.
“I think we were in the game till Liton got out in the 19th over. I thought it went for six but there's a big advantage in having a really tall fielder in the outfield, who can catch. I think it was a crucial moment of the match. You will have these close calls in T20 games, but unfortunately we couldn't win today. We needed both Liton and I in the last over but having said that, Russell nailed his yorkers quite well,” he said, while also taking the blame for not finishing the game by himself.
“I knew that Russell would bowl the last ball in the blockhole. He had four fielders on the leg-side. He bowled two good yorkers off the fourth and fifth deliveries, so I thought that if he misses his length in the last ball, I can make a bit of room to hit him over mid-off or squeeze it through cover or backward point. I couldn't execute the last ball, it is my fault,” he said.
Mahmudullah also felt the pitch was tough to bat on, while the missed catches earlier also cost them.
“Nobody drops a catch willingly but we expect the best fielders to take these chances in crucial matches. But we are now making these mistakes consistently. I think we have to improve our catching. It is definitely a concern.
“It is not a technical concern. These were all regulation catches that we dropped,” he said.
“It was a difficult wicket. We noticed when we bowled that when the ball was delivered back of a length, there was low bounce and the ball wasn't coming on to the bat. We bowled well, but we missed a few chances. We could have taken ten runs off their total, making it a relatively easier chase,” he said.
Mahmudullah had high hopes of turning things around in this T20 WC. More so after their recent success at home against New Zealand and Australia.
”We still have a lot to gain, but our hopes of making it to the semifinals are slim. We will try to win the last two matches. We are fully committed on the field, but we are making some mistakes,” he said.
“We will play for our pride. We are trying hard to get a win. We will put our everything to win the last two games,” he added.
“I am disappointed to let them (fans) down. They have been supporting us throughout all the games.”
Nurul Hasan likely ruled out; Shakib fine
Meanwhile, Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Nurul Hasan is unlikely to take part in the tournament any further for his abdominal pain. Nurul, who was playing regularly for Bangladesh in the recent past, was rested against West Indies for the injury that he received a day before their game against England.
Nurul had to leave the nets session after being hit by Taskin Ahmed and later did not take part in any other training activities, though he was available for the game against England. However, team management had to rest him against West Indies after he complained of abdominal pain and discomfort.
“We'll assess him after 3 days of complete rest and then we'll decide about his availability,” BCB chief physician Debashish Chowdhury told Cricbuzz after the game against West Indies, though a member of the team management confirmed that they are unlikely to take the gloves away from Liton following his runs with the bat.
Cricbuzz also learnt that Shakib Al Hasan, who limped thoughout the game against West Indies, is expected to be available before their next game as it is believed he will be fine with proper rest.