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Mortaza conceded Bangladesh were 20 to 30 runs short. @ Twitter/Cricket World Cup

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza admitted that his side lacked partnerships which saw the Tigers bowled out for 244 in 49.2 overs against New Zealand in Match 9 of the ICC World Cup 2019.

Despite Shakib Al Hasan’s 64, Bangladesh were unable to cross the 250-run mark which possibly could have turned the end result in their favour.

Mortaza conceded Bangladesh were 20 to 30 runs short. “We were 20-30 short with the bat and the outfield was slow. It was the same wicket that we played the last game. We lost too many wickets in the middle overs and couldn’t get any big partnership. We needed a set batsman in the middle overs, but in the end it got tight and if you want to win matches you need to get wickets,” he said at the post-match presentation ceremony at the Kennington Oval in London on Wednesday.

“We did it very professionally in the end. We tried hard, but that can happen and the next one is a big match and hopefully we can step up in that. We have to take one game at a time, couldn’t manage today but we will try to be at our best in the next game.”