We are making the same mistakes: Mashrafe


26 July, 2018 16:42 PM

We are making the same mistakes: Mashrafe

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Mashrafe Mortaza acknowledged it was disappointing to see the players not hold their nerves better and spill a chance to win the series in the Caribbean. Bangladesh, set 272 to win, were comfortable in the chase at 232 for 3 at one stage. As the match got close, they needed eight off the last seven deliveries and had six wickets in hand.

Jason Holder then defended eight in the final over to give Windies a series-levelling win. "It was disappointing to lose such a game when you need 14 runs in 13 balls with six wickets in hand and ended up losing the game. It is more disappointing because it is not the first time we have lost a game from such a position as it has happened on quite a few occasions," Mortaza said after the game on Wednesday (July 25). "I am not sure whether it is mental or technical because it is tough to describe it. If we required 20 runs from 12 balls then it is a different thing but when you need 14 runs from 13 balls and failed to do so it is hard to decide whether it is technical or mental.

"Honestly speaking we are making the same mistake and I think we should have handled our nerves in a relaxed manner and ended the game with singles and twos."

Mortaza will be especially disappointed with Mushfiqur Rahim not finishing the game yet again after being set on 68. On the first delivery of the final over, Rahim smashed a full toss straight to the fielder at cow corner to give Windies hope. With Mahmudullah run out and Sabbir Rahman too falling in the end, it was required from Rahim that he finished the game with some sensible batting.

"I think Mahmudullah run out was costly as we could have ended the game earlier if he was around but at the same time the wicket of Sabbir Rahman was also crucial," the Bangladesh ODI captain said. "There was some dew as well, but suddenly ball was turning. In the last over we couldn't finish it off. The way they played was really good, but we should've been more clinical in our finish.

"Our fielding was not up to the mark, we dropped catches, conceded 24 doubles. We have one game to go and hopefully we can cover it up in the next match."

Bangladesh will now hope to clinch the series in St Kitts especially after the humiliating loss in the Test series.