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Bangladesh next face Afghanistan on Sunday (AFP Photo)

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza came down heavily on his batsmen after another insipid show saw them losing their first match of the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup 2018. After being asked to bat first, Bangladesh were bowled out for 173 by India at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.

India sauntered home in 36.2 overs with seven wickets remaining. After a brilliant show against Sri Lanka in the tournament opener last Friday, this was the second straight occasion that Bangladesh batsmen failed to put up a strong performance.

Against Afghanistan on Thursday, they were bowled out for 119 while chasing 256.

“We kept losing wickets from the start. Against Sri Lanka we lost wickets but had a middle-order partnership that did well. You still have to back yourself as it was a decent wicket to bat on. We failed to build partnerships,” Mortaza said at the post match presentation.

If it wasn’t for Mehidy Hasan, who top-scored for Bangladesh with 42, and his partnership of 66 runs with Mortaza (26) Bangladesh would have folded for a much lower total.

Mortaza said a target nearing 260 was a possibility and would have tested India. “It might have been a better track for batting later, but 260-270 would have made for a good contest. You cannot ask bowlers to defend 170 in a 50 over match, so I think our batsmen have to take more responsibility. One match can change everything. We are still in the tournament, and need to do well against Afghanistan next time,” he said.

Bangladesh next face Afghanistan on Sunday while India face Pakistan.