Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah said on Tuesday that that their World Cup story could have been different if they could hold their nerves and earn victories respectively against Sri Lanka and West Indies.
Both the games went down the wires but Tigers failed to hold on their nerves to seal the matches as victories were snatched away from their jaws.
Bangladesh batsmen had no answer against a spirited South Africa’s pace, swing and bounce particularly pace spearhead Kigiso Rabada made Bangladesh top-order life miserable as they restricted Bangladesh below 100.
Bangladesh, who earlier booked Super 12s spot following two wins in the qualifier, needed a miracle to defend this.
They showed some glimpses of hope by removing three batsmen inside 33 runs but that proved insufficient in the end. After the match Mahmudullah praised the wicket and Taskin Ahmed’s bowling and blamed their poor batting.
Mahmudullah added that they were close to winning two games against Sri Lanka and West Indies respectively and believes those wins could change their World Cup story.
"I think the wicket was pretty good to bowl on in the first half. We weren't good enough in the middle. That was a poor batting display, but having said that there was enough assistance in the pitch.”