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Bangladesh feel proud over giving fight.

Summary: Skipper Mortaza justifies giving last over to spinner Mahmudullah

K.R. Nayar, Chief Cricket Writer

Dubai: Bangladesh almost stopped the unbeaten India team in the Asia Cup final at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday.

They produced a fine performance in this edition of the event, even ousting the strong Pakistan team.

Their skipper Mashrafe Mortaza feels that his players should be proud of their performance despite losing the final to the last ball of the tournament. "Boys should feel proud. I think we have to learn so many things. We are struggling somewhere or the other in these tournaments. Today we made a good start but couldn't go through. In the last few matches, we lost early wickets but managed to score 240-250. I think the bowlers did a good job in the tournament. We are proud but we have to move forward."

Bangladesh had performed brilliantly despite the absence of their key players to injuries. "I think they did a good job without two key members. Missing Shakib and Tamim was a big blow but I think boys have done a really good job."

Mortaza does not consider it the final defeat as a last ball mishap. "Last ball wasn't the problem. We could have scored 280 or more than 300 easily had we capitalised on our start. We can't blame the bowlers against a batting order like India. They could have easily chased it down. I will back my bowlers because they tried hard."

Mortaza justified his decision of giving the last over to off spinner Mohammad Mahmudullah when India needed only six more runs to win off the six balls. "I asked Mahmudullah if he was confident. He had the experience of bowling in these situations in the last over in BPL (Bangladesh Premier League). He won the game for his side bowling the last over for his side. Soumya (Sarkar) would have been easier to score off. We wanted them to mis-hit one, and then you never know."

Mortaza felt that after India lost Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wicket, he thought his team would win. "When Dhoni got out, we thought we had a great chance. At the same time, our spinners had to bowl well at that time. We were four to five overs short. Jadeja was batting at that time too. If our off spinners bowled well, the scenario would've been so different. Mustafizur and Rubel Hossain bowled so well that if we could have given them the ball from the 46th over, I think even 25 runs could have been defended," he said.

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Date:Sep 29, 2018
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