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Mushfiq apologises to nation for disappointing batting

Update : 02 Oct 2017, 09:05 PM
A horrific batting display in the second innings paved the way for a massive 333-run defeat for Bangladesh against South Africa in the first Test match on Monday. This is the Tigers’ lowest ever score against South Africa. The visiting side were all out under 100 after almost 10 years. The last time they were bundled out under 100 was back in 2007 against Sri Lanka (62) in Colombo. But is it only the second innings batting that cost Bangladesh the Test? Well, Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim admitted their batting was not upto the mark in both the innings.He went on to apologise to the nation for such a humiliating defeat, considering Bangladesh have improved significantly in the last couple of years. “It is disappointing. I don’t remember the last time we batted like this, to be honest. I knew it wouldn’t have been easy to face their bowlers on the fifth day, although the wicket was good. I thought we would at least bat for two sessions [Monday]. There are ways to lose or draw a game but we didn’t show our skills and character. I am really hurt as captain. I apologise to our nation,” said Mushfiq during the post-Test press conference after the heavy defeat at Senwes Park.Bangladesh batsmen batted with a bit of an attacking approach in the first innings but no one was able to carry their innings, despite getting set in the middle. And as far as the second innings is concerned, Mushfiq termed the display surprising, even for himself, as according to the skipper the batsmen admitted defeat before even losing the Test. “I don’t think it is a matter of over-confidence. Some of them were not even in the Test team, like Mominul [Haque] and Mahmudullah, who had to establish themselves. To be honest, if we could have been gutsier, we could have handled it better. It wasn’t an unplayable wicket. You don’t get these wickets in South Africa so this was a very good opportunity for us. We should have fought better in the second innings. I think after a long time I saw our batting admit defeat before the loss itself,” he explained. Mushfiq vowed a better display in the second and final Test, starting Friday at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein. “We have another opportunity in the next Test where we need to take a massive step. We have to maintain the respect that we have gained in the last two-three years. Otherwise, we can only take humiliation back home,” he said. “I think the players will motivate themselves because they are playing for their country. It can happen to any team. We need to improve drastically to show that we are not as bad as we showed in this Test,” the 30-year old concluded.
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