It was Wednesday, 23rd March of 2016 when Bangladesh had lost to India by only 1 run in World Twenty20. Bangladesh, chasing 147 for victory in the Group Two match, needed 11 runs off the last over bowled by Hardik Pandya and made the perfect start as Mushfiqur Rahim (11) smashed two early fours.
However, they then lost three wickets and eventually lost the match by only 1 runs. It came as shock to everyone as two most senior batsmen of Bangladesh, Mahmudullah and Mushfiq were there. But, both the batsmen played irresponsible shots and got dismissed in a crucial point of the match.
The fans became crazy and some of them started crying but the players were shocked the most. Recently, in an interview to Cricbuzz, Mahmudullah Riyad has talked about that thrilling match.
He said, “Probably that was a mental barrier for next few matches. I think unless you lose you won’t learn much and probably I had a lesson from that defeat too. Unless the game is over it is not over.
The right-handed batsman added, “You just cannot get complacent despite being a few meters away from victory because someone just can come from behind and take away the win from you and that will ruin all the hard work put together by the team throughout the day.
It was extremely draining mentally. It was unfortunate as we lost in a silly manner but then again there was a lot for me to learn that I hope that will help me in future. I think that match (against India in World T20) will always have a special place in my heart.”
However, Mahmudullah is the witness of another similar kind of defeat which was happened against Pakistan in the final match of the Asia Cup in 2012.
In that match, Pakistan were restricted to a modest 236 for nine but held their nerve to stop the spirited Tigers hosts at 234 for eight, shattering Bangladesh’s hopes of notching up their maiden title.
Bangladesh needed only 9 runs of Aizaz Cheema’s tense last over but fell short by two runs as a stunned silence descended on a fully packed Sher-e-Bangla National stadium. Mahmudullah remained unbeaten but he had nothing to do as he was at the non-striking end.
While recalling that match, the batting all-rounder said, “I think the Asia Cup match against Pakistan is also quite close in that perspective. Though I was not on the strike for the last two balls still it was quite painful to lose in that manner.”
Mahmudullah concluded, “I feel I could not utilize the two balls that I faced. But it also faded when we defeated Pakistan in the Asia Cup but honestly you just cannot compensate a loss of that kind with another win but still it was quite relieving to tell you the truth.”