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Mashrafe Mortaza doubted that had it not been for Mahmudullah (above), Bangladesh could have never reached 142 Getty Images

Multiple fielding errors from Bangladesh cost them crucial wickets during their match against hosts New Zealand in the first of the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series at the McLean Park in Napier on Tuesday, as the visitors lost the game by six wickets. Meanwhile, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza felt that proper catches on the field could have possibly led to a different result. On the other hand, he also lauded their middle-order batsman Mahmudullah for playing a brilliant innings of 52 early on, as it was one of the crucial innings for the side, and he also doubted that had it not been for him, Bangladesh could have never reached 142.

“The turning point was when we were 30 for four. It also put us back. If it hadn’t been for Mahmudullah’s unbelievable innings, we wouldn’t reach 141. You would have seen that at least one batsman stepped up in our four international matches on this tour so far. But there wasn’t a collective effort with two or more batsmen also making contributions. Nobody has been supporting the batsman who is doing well. I think this is becoming a turning point for us,” Mortaza said, reports ESPNCricinfo.

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“Maybe [Sarkar] was 5-10 yards inside because that side of the ground was bigger. There weren’t any instructions but he thought he could manage by backtracking, but he couldn’t. I didn’t really see whether Imrul Kayes was standing too far inside. You can call it a misjudgment but our best fielders were standing in those positions. Maybe they thought that they could adjust themselves as they were looking to cut off the twos. If any of those catches were taken, the game could have shifted towards us, especially the one in Shakib’s over [the one that cleared Sarkar],” Mortaza added as he spoke on the fielding errors of the side.