Bangladesh dropped two catches – both of Keemo Paul – who went on to conjure 71 runs for the seventh wicket with Shai Hope. @ AFP
Bangladesh dropped two catches – both of Keemo Paul – who went on to conjure 71 runs for the seventh wicket with Shai Hope. @ AFP

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza rued dropped catches against West Indies after Shai Hope’s scintillating 146 levelled the three-match ODI series 1-1 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Bangladesh dropped two catches – both of Keemo Paul – who went on to conjure 71 runs for the seventh wicket with Shai, a match-winning partnership to hand Bangladesh their first home defeat in five games.

“We have definitely suffered because of the fielding. We dropped Paul twice, otherwise Kemar Roach would come to bat and it would be difficult for them to rotate the strike,” said Mortaza.

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“There’s no compromise on fielding practice. But, at the end of the day, confidence matters in the field. Sometimes you drop one catch and then miss easy catches because of uneasiness. We have missed a lot of catches in two matches but we want to take the positive things into the next match.”

Mortaza was also critical of his batsman, who failed to capitalise on their good starts. Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah – playing their 100th game together – got starts with three of them registering half-centuries, but none could get a big hundred.

“There should have been 15-20 more runs. If Tamim and Shakib continued batting, we could have gone near 300. Similarly, if Riyad (Mahmudullah) could have batted for six or seven more overs, the total would be 270-280, which would benefit our bowlers,” Mortaza said.

“After Tamim and Mushfiq got out, we felt that 270-80 would be a good total. We were on the right track. It’s unusual if you look at our recent performances. We always have had centuries or two centuries or innings of 80-90 runs. The batsmen couldn’t implement what they tried to do. We have to minimise the mistakes in the next game.”

Mortaza, who picked a wicket, going for 52 runs in his 10 overs at 5.20, defended his two death bowlers – Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman – who leaked 26 runs in two overs which brought the Windies run chase to 6 off the last over.

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“His over [Rubel’s last over] today, wasn’t bad. The first ball went for a six, but he made a comeback in the last four balls. He created two chances as well, which created a winning situation. If the catch was taken off his delivery, the next one could have been a dot ball. These little incidents boost the confidence of the bowlers,” he said.

“There was a set batsmen with 100 runs, such matches are always difficult. Mustafiz bowled the previous (his ninth) over brilliantly. We would have been in the match even if he conceded 10-12 runs in his last over. He was confident, especially after the way Rubel finished. But these things happen. The opponents were a bit lucky as well.”

The series decider will be held on Friday at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium and Mortaza reckoned that Windies will be a much more confident lot following their dismal Test outing where they were blanked 2-0.

“Winning the series with back-to-back victories has its advantages. In that case, the confidence level would have been better. West Indies will be confident now. But we have made comebacks from such situations before. We’ll have to take the chance, since it’s our home game. We’ll have to try our best. There will be a little more dew [in Sylhet],” he said.