This was Bangladesh’s third loss in the Asia Cup final after 2012 and 2016.
This was Bangladesh’s third loss in the Asia Cup final after 2012 and 2016.

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza conceded their his team failed to win the key moments in the field at crucial junctures of the Asia Cup 2018 final which his team lost by three wickets. This was Bangladesh’s third loss in the Asia Cup final after 2012 and 2016.

“We fought till the last ball, but we made a lot of mistakes on the field today,” said Mortaza during the post match presentation”.

After getting off to a good start which saw Bangladesh race to 120 in 20.5 overs, they lost the plot in the middle overs losing three wickets for just 19 runs. Liton Das made 121. Eventually, Soumya Sarkar’s 33 helped the team to 222, which was 30-40 runs short of what Motaza had expected from his batsmen.

“We asked the batsmen to make at least 260,” said the skipper but lauded his bowlers for making a match out of it. “But at the end of the day the bowlers did really well. We bowled really well, particularly if we made 240+ (we could have won). I wanted to bowl the quicks first, because I wanted to restrict the runs because they were going after us. We didn’t want the spinners to be charged so I bowled out the fast bowlers,”he added.

After the Nidahas Trophy final, which they lost by when Dinesh Karthik hit a last-ball six, this was Bangladesh’s chance at redemption and they almost pulled off what could have been a historic win, but that was not to be.

However, Bangladesh proved they are no pushovers and Mortaza hoped that his team won hearts with the performance. “I hope we won a lot of hearts,” he added.

Mushfiqur Rahim, the former captain, led from the front with 302 runs at an average of 60.40 while the wily Mustafizur Rahman claimed 10 scalps at 18.50 with an economy of 4.40.