Mashrafe: ‘The loss was shocking for us’


Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza was visibly distraught after his side's one-run loss to India at the World Twenty20, and said the players were in shock after losing three wickets in the final over.

The Tigers needed 11 runs off the last over, and got nine of them before losing three wickets with two runs to go. They needed 147 to win, but got 145 for nine, and thus recorded their third loss in three games.

Mortaza said after the match: "I am not going to blame anyone. The whole dressing-room felt disappointed after the loss.

"We needed two off the last three balls, and we had two set batsmen at the crease and one still in the shed. It becomes very hard for everyone when we end up losing three wickets in that situation.

"Leave out the last three balls, we played brilliantly. We did everything to win otherwise. We came back after they had two good overs towards the end. We played well at nearly every moment."

They still have one more match to go, against New Zealand, and the skipper admitted it would be tough to get fired up for what is a dead rubber after this demoralising defeat.

He continued: "The loss was a shocking thing for all of us. Nobody wants to lose like this. It is hard to explain but it is quite disappointing. And it's always difficult to take something from it.

"Being a professional player, we have to play hard cricket in the last match. If we can do something there we can take something back home. We have to fight hard."