With 14 needed off the last 12 balls with six wickets in hand, Bangladesh scored 10 runs and lost two wickets in the shape of Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman to register yet another heartbreaking defeat in limited overs cricket
Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said his side is not learning from mistakes and thus are not being able to overcome last over defeats. Bangladesh slipped from a possible series win losing the second ODI against hosts Windies by three runs chasing 272 at Providence Stadium in Guyana on Wednesday. With 14 needed off the last 12 balls with six wickets in hand, Bangladesh scored 10 runs and lost two wickets in the shape of Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman to register yet another heartbreaking defeat in limited overs cricket.
Just a little over a month ago Bangladesh lost by a run to Afghanistan to concede a 3-0 T20I series clean sweep in India.
“It is always disappointing to lose a match like this. We needed 14 off 12 balls with six wickets in hand and to lose a match from there is shocking. This is not the first time that we lost a game in this manner. It is disappointing and I think we are not learning from our mistakes. We should had finished the game easy which we failed to do,” said a dejected Mashrafe to the media in Guyana on Wednesday.
Bangladesh had batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman for the task. But Sabbir got dismissed on the last delivery of the 49th over going for a glory shot from a full toss and get caught at mid-wicket. In the first ball of the last over, Mushfiqur found himself yet in an unfinished chase. The wicket-keeper batsman perished with eight to get in a manner eerily similar to that of the World T20 in 2016 at Bangalore against India. Mushfiqur once again managed to get the full toss ball off Jason Holder only to the fielder at mid-wicket. With Mosaddek Hossain and Mashrafe in the middle, Bangladesh needed eight off the last five deliveries but with two dots they could get only four.
"I think we should have handled our nerves in a relaxed manner and ended the game with singles and twos," a disappointed Mashrafe Mortaza after his side's shocking loss against Windies. #WIvBAN https://t.co/6akHnDTN5M— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) July 26, 2018
“It is hard to describe if the fault is technical or mental. It was understandable if the scenario was that we needed 20 runs off last 12 balls. But it is hard to say if it was a mental or technical block when you failed to chase 14 off 12. Speaking honestly we are repeating our mistakes under such situation. I think we could have eased our nerves for the fact that we were almost at a run a ball situation and a tendency of playing singles could have made it easy. Which we failed,” Mashrafe described.
“The game was on for us till the last ball so it is tough to say the turning point. But I think (Mahmudullah) Riyad’s run out and (Sabbir Rahman) Rumman’s dismissal made it tough for us,” the veteran right-arm pacer added.
Bangladesh will take on West Indies in the third and the series deciding game at Saint Kitts on Saturday.