T20 World Cup: Mahmudullah Rues Missing 1 Big Over During Middle Stage in Shock Defeat vs Scotland

Al Amerat: Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah reckons that the wicket was quite good and the target that was given by Scotland was quite gettable but what his team lacked was to get one big over in the middle. Mahmudullah also went on to praise his bowling unit for restricting the opposition to a below-par total although Scotland recovered brilliantly after being reduced to 53 for 6 at one stage of the match.

Bangladesh were defeated by a spirited Scotland by six runs in their opening match of the men’s T20 World Cup on Sunday. The loss leaves Group B in Round 1 wide open.

“I think the wicket was quite good and 140 was gettable. We were missing that one big over in the middle. Bowlers did their job really well but the batting unit weren’t good enough tonight,” said Mahmudullah in the post-match presentation ceremony.

Asked if Bangladesh got complacent after reducing Scotland to 53/6, Mahmudullah denied it and credited Scotland’s lower-order for reaching 140/9 in 20 overs. “Don’t think so, we were just one wicket away. Credit goes to their batters, they had a good finish.”

He expressed that the batting needs to have a relook at their plans. “When you can’t chase 140, there needs to be a look-in, need to correct the mistakes. We still need to be positive and figure out where we made mistakes, and not try to repeat them.”

“Beautiful wicket to bat on, fantastic ground and crowd, we need to pull our socks up and play better cricket,” signed off Mahmudullah.

(With IANS inputs)