In that match, Bangladesh had Pakistan on the ropes after getting them seven-down for 242 after 41.3 overs, chasing 342. It was then that a relative unknown by the name of Fahim Ashraf, who came in to bat at number nine, smote an unbeaten 30-ball 64 to deliver a scarcely believable two-wicket win with three balls remaining.
When Bangladesh batting coach faced the media, he had a sad smile on his face, and just one thing to say, “What a match it has been…!”
However, Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha was more outspoken about the matter. He has years of experience as a coach under his belt, but he admitted that this was completely a new experence for him. He said: “I haven’t seen anything like this before. This is a new experience for me.”
Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarkar blamed their luck for the astonishing defeat. “Actually it’s all about luck. Sometimes it doesn’t favour you. You say, is there anyone who doesn’t want to win? But if the fate is against you, there’s nothing that you can do.”