Shakib explains the reason behind Soumya bowling the last over

When three overs were left, Bangladesh were in a mess as their death bowlers Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman both had only 1 over left. Mustafizur bowled his last over in the 17th over and gave only 1 run and also picked up one wicket.

With 35 needed in only 2 overs, India were almost going out of the game. But out of no where Dinesh Karthik came and hit Rubel all over the park and India scored 22 runs in that over. As a result of that, the part time bowler Soumya Sarkar had only 12 runs to defend in the last over which he almost defender, but it was Karthik’s day in the end who stole the victory from Bangladesh’s hand.

In the post match press conference, Shakib explained what happened in the last 3 overs:
“When Mustafizur bowled that brilliant over, India needed 34 off the last two overs. Rubel was our best bowler today after the way he bowled the first three overs. I believed in him. I thought even if he bowled badly, he would go for 15 runs. I would have 20 runs to play with in the last two overs, which would have given Soumya some cushion. It was the plan behind bringing Rubel in the 19th over.”

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Shakib added:
“He (Rubel) didn’t miss by much. I don’t know many batsmen who can hit a six off the first ball, and then keep hitting the boundaries. There are very few instances in history. There was something otherworldly about it. He got nervous after going for 10 runs off the first two balls. I still feel that I will back him the next time such a situation comes.”

When asked what Shakib told Soumya in the last over:
“I didn’t tell [Soumya] anything in particular. It is better not to tell a bowler [too much]. I just told him to take his time. Sometimes you can rush into a delivery and then miss your length. I think he bowled very well for three overs and in fact I can’t really blame anyone; we just had two bad overs. I am not blaming anyone. I am really proud of the team’s bowling and fielding effort.”

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