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‘Frustrated’ Mahmudullah blames batting failure after defeat

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 18th October, 2021 04:53:23 PM
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Humbled by Scotland in their first match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup qualifier, Bangladesh T20 captain Mahmudullah admitted his side’s batting was not good enough against Scotland on Sunday night in Oman.

Bangladesh were brought down to earth by a spirited Scottish side who handed Bangladesh an upsetting six-run defeat on Sunday.

After the match, Mahmudullah looked frustrated when he came to the press conference and the Bangladesh skipper was almost broken when his press conference was interrupted by Scottish players’ loud victory cheers and their national anthem.

Their loud cheers started just after a reporter asked Mahmudullah about Bangladesh’s shock defeat and though Mahmudullah kept his cool it was clearly evident that he was embarrassed to the highest order. Later he blamed the batting unit for the failure.

“The wicket was quite good, 140 was gettable. We were missing that one big over in the middle. Our bowlers did their job well but the batting unit wasn’t good enough. Credit goes to their batters (for coming back from 53 for 6), they had a good finish. We still need to be positive and figure out where we made mistakes, and not try to repeat them,” said Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah.

Opted to bowl first, Bangladesh bowlers kept Scotland batsmen under pressure with Scotland were reeling at 53-6 before Greaves and mark Watt put on a 51-run stand that changed the complexion of the game. Their vital stand turned Scotland innings from helpless to hopeful as Scotland were able to post at least something worthwhile on their board.

Chasing 142 for the win, Bangladesh made an abysmal start losing their openers inside four overs. Shakib and Mushfiqur put on some runs in the middle but they lost their wickets with impatient strokes in crucial times, thanks to Chris Greaves, who removed both Shakib and Mushfiqur.

Mahmudullah admitted that Mushfiqur’s wicket was very vital and played a big part in the outcome of the game.

“I think Mushy’s wicket was the turning point. He was batting well today (Sunday). A set batter has to stay. Maybe I didn’t bat according to the situation. We should think well as a batting unit,” he said.

“If Afif and I, or Sohan (Nurul) and I could have carried a little longer, it would have brought us closer. But credit goes to their bowlers. They executed well. We made silly mistakes, and paid for it,” Bangladesh captain concluded.