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Mahmudullah sorry for letting fans down

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 30 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah said on Friday that he is disappointed after letting everyone down through their performances in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup.

The Tigers lost a last-ball thriller against West Indies by three runs in their third Group 1 game in the Super 12s of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Liton Das made 44 off 43 balls and Mahmudullah remained unbeaten on 31 off 24 balls but couldn’t finish the job as Bangladesh ended on 139-5 in their 20 overs.

“I am disappointed to let them (fans) down. They have been supporting us throughout all the games. Please keep supporting us. We will try to deliver some wins Inshallah,’’ he said during the press conference after the defeat.

“We tried but T20s have a close margin. We couldn’t win the game today. 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 in the field, but we are making some mistakes,” he said, adding that the wicket of Liton was the turning point of the game.

“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.

“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 me in the last over but having said that, Russell nailed his yorkers quite well,” he added.

Mahmudullah also claimed that the wicket was difficult to bat on, adding that the missed catches made them pay too.

“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 added.