Rahim cannot explain heavy defeat

Bangladesh

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim expressed plenty of remorse, as Bangladesh crashed to a humiliating 47-run loss – and two-nil series defeat – at the hands of India in Tuesday's rain-affected second ODI in Mirpur, Dhaka.

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim expressed plenty of remorse, as Bangladesh crashed to a humiliating 47-run loss – and two-nil series defeat – at the hands of India in Tuesday's rain-affected second ODI in Mirpur, Dhaka.

Pursuing a modest target of 106, the hosts slipped to a mere 58 all out in the wake of seamer Stuart Binny's record-breaking figures of six for four at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

"I don't have an explanation for this defeat," said Mushfiqur. "All I can say is that we had a very good opportunity. There cannot be anything more shameful, so I apologise to the nation on behalf of the team.

"A lot of problems can be identified after such a defeat. Maybe we are trying hard, but I don't know what is exactly going wrong. We will discuss our problems, but I think if this were our second team, they would have played better cricket. It is very disappointing."

Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed's outstanding haul, meanwhile, went in vain. The 19-year-old Ahmed recorded figures of five for 28 in eight overs – the fifth-best on debut in the history of ODI cricket.

"There can be a lot of questions. We were set in the crease but we couldn't finish the game. We had to try as hard as we usually do but our batsmen didn't show the mental toughness required in the middle. When they bowled two or three good overs, we played the wrong shots, which caused the defeat," added Rahim.

The third and final ODI will be played at the same venue on Thursday.

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