We expected to win having come this far: Mashrafe

After winning the first three matches in a row comfortably in the tri-nation series, Bangladesh lost their fourth match and were all-out for just 82 runs against Sri Lanka before the final.

But everyone believed that didn’t hurt the team’s confidence before the final and Bangladesh will be at their best again. Though the bowlers did pretty good job in the final, but the batsmen let the team down and Bangladesh experienced yet another painful defeat in the final of a tournament.

In the post match press conference, skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said: “”Everyone is disappointed in the dressing room. We expected to win having come this far. From the beginning, we wanted a good wicket, one where they can get high-scoring games. We had four quicks and Shakib. Our bowling unit was strong enough. We wanted wickets like the one when we scored 300-plus against Sri Lanka. The wicket was going up and down a bit. A batsman had to be set before playing shots.”

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About Shakib: “I wouldn’t use it as an excuse when chasing 220-odd runs. When he fell, we were sure he wouldn’t be playing. We saw his hand. We knew it wasn’t possible for him to bat, so we had asked the others not to think about it.”

About the wicket: “From the beginning, we wanted a good wicket, one where they can get high-scoring games. We had four quicks and Shakib. Our bowling unit was strong enough. We wanted wickets like the one when we scored 300-plus against Sri Lanka. The wicket was going up and down a bit. A batsman had to be set before playing shots.”

About Mahmudullah: “If Mahmudullah could have got some partnerships going, things could have been different. He needed support at the other end. He was the last man out. He had to play shots. If he got support from the middle order, he could have taken the chase deeper. In the Champions Trophy, he rotated the strike with Shakib. But playing shots and picking singles, all of it can’t be one batsman’s work.”