Tigers lost yet another close encounter in this year as they lost to Afghanistan by 1 run in the last match of three-match T20I series on Thursday, following a unbelievable piece of fielding by Shafiqullah Shafiq to stop a four off Ariful Haque’s bat off the last ball of the innings.
However, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan says they did not lose the match in the last ball nor the last over. According to Shakib, there are some other factors too behind the defeat, including two run-outs in the same over.
“Even against the best bowler in the world, you’d expect two set batsmen to score nine runs off the last over. But it doesn’t mean we lost because of the last over. There are many reasons. We lost the match in many small phases,” Shakib was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.
Speaking about the run-outs of Soumya Sarkar and Litton in the crucial moment of the match Shakib added, “In a game, even one run-out has a huge impact and we had two run-outs in three deliveries which was a huge setback.”
“Our fifth bowler ended up giving more than 50 runs, which affected us. We had two run outs, which created the biggest difference in this game. There are many more.” said a dejected Shakib.