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Bangladesh’s smallest defeats by runs

  • Published at 07:06 pm July 26th, 2018
Bangladesh's Mashrafe bin Mortaza reacts as West Indies players celebrate during their second ODI in Guyana Wednesday AFP

After yet another somewhat shocking defeat, Dhaka Tribune compiled the smallest defeats by runs for Bangladesh in ODIs and T20Is

Bangladesh’s three-run defeat against host West Indies in the second ODI of the three-match series turned out to be yet another heartbreaker for the nation. After a dreadful two-game Test series, the Tigers were off to a blistering start in the 50-over series, winning the first ODI convincingly by 48 runs against the Caribbean side. 

The platform was just right for Bangladesh to take a 2-0 series lead by winning the second ODI, and they were on track, until disaster struck. Chasing 272, Bangladesh needed eight runs off the last six balls of the innings. 

With wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim (68) in the middle and youngster Mosaddek Hossain joining him, the task looked achievable. However, Windies pacer Jason Holder came to the rescue of the home side, first removing Mushfiq in the first delivery, and then giving away just four runs in the next five balls. 

The West Indies exploded into celebration while Bangladesh were pondering what might have been after another meltdown. This is not the first time the Tigers suffered a close defeat, and not at all the first instance of Mushfiq failing to finish the game for the team. 

After yet another somewhat shocking defeat, Dhaka Tribune compiled the smallest defeats by runs for Bangladesh in ODIs and T20Is.


To Pakistan by two runs in the Asia Cup 2012 final

This was probably the start of the run of close defeats for Bangladesh, and the smallest till date. Bangladesh were playing their maiden final of a major tournament. The Tigers had all the momentum in their sails, having made it to the tournament-decider riding on victories against India and Sri Lanka. 

Bangladesh, the host, chasing 237 required nine off the last over, five of which came off the first four balls. Seamer Aizaz Cheema dismissed lower-order batsman Abdur Razzak in the fifth ball of the over, leaving Mahmudullah at the other end to witness the horror. 

New batsman at the crease, Shahadat Hossain had no option but to hit a boundary. The tail-ender however, managed only one from a leg bye. As it were, the nation cried, along with the jolted Tigers at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.

Against Zimbabwe by five runs in 2011

This was the third game of the five-match series. Host Zimbabwe were on top, having won the first two matches. Bangladesh were looking to bounce back and chasing 251, the Tigers were well on course with Mushfiq batting on 101. 

The Tigers needed eight off the last over, with one wicket in hand, and with Mushfiq on strike, the hope was well and truly alive. The first ball off Zimbabwe pacer Chris Mpofu went for two runs but disaster struck in the next delivery. 

Mushfiq went for the glory shot, only to get caught by the fielder at long-on. In the intervening years, Mushfiq found himself in similar situations, most notably against India in the 2016 World T20I in Bengaluru and against the West Indies Wednesday.


One-run defeat against India in World T20I 2016

Perhaps the biggest heartache Bangladesh had to swallow till date. The side’s rivalry with India has developed over the years and in 2016, they got the golden opportunity to defeat India in India. 

The stage couldn’t have been bigger, given that it was a world event, and the fact that the game was being played in front of a massive home crowd backing the Indian team, whose campaign could have ended with a defeat. 

In pursuit of 147, Bangladesh needed 11 off the last over and Mushfiq was in the middle with all-rounder Mahmudullah. Mahmudullah steered the first ball off Hardik Pandya for a single and got Mushfiq on strike. 

The next two balls went for boundaries, leaving Bangladesh needing only two more runs for victory, a situation that had made Mushfiq celebrate prematurely. However, the next three balls of the over were a horror show for the Tigers. 

First, Mushfiq was caught at mid-wicket while in the fifth ball, Mahmudullah trudged off after a similar dismissal. All-rounder Shuvagata Hom was on strike for the last ball but was unable to make contact. 

He went for a desperate bye with tail-ender Mustafizur Rahman running from the other end. But wicket-keeper MS Dhoni ran forward and dismantled the stumps, running out Mustafizur, and leaving Bangladesh stunned.

One-run defeat, 3-0 series loss against Afghanistan in 2018

The memories of this defeat are still fresh in the minds of the Tigers. Afghanistan found a temporary home in Dehradun, India where they hosted Bangladesh for a maiden bilateral series in June this year. 

Bangladesh’s worries of taking on the Afghan spinners had come true and the struggles saw the side lose the first two games. With the aim of avoiding a clean sweep, Bangladesh were chasing 146 and needed nine off the last over. 

World’s No 1 ranked T20I bowler Rashid Khan removed Mushfiq for 46 in the first ball of the over, bringing all-rounder Ariful Haque to the middle, alongside Mahmudullah. The next four balls saw Bangladesh accumulate five runs, leaving them needing four off the last ball for a win. 

Ariful on strike swung the bat hard to send the ball to long-on, only to see fielder Shafiqullah save the boundary with an extraordinary effort. Two runs came off the ball, Mahmudullah got run out, and Bangladesh lost the game by a mere one run.

Two-run loss to Sri Lanka in Chittagong 2014

Host Bangladesh had come into the T20I series after conceding the Test series 1-0. Bangladesh asked Sri Lanka to bat first and the visiting side posted 168. Boosted by opener Anamul Haque’s unbeaten 44, the Tigers required 17 off the final over. 

With Anamul on strike, the first ball went for a boundary while the second fetched two runs. The third ball saw all-rounder Farhad Reza caught short of the crease but that didn’t stop Anamul, who struck two boundaries off the fourth and fifth delivery to take the chase to the final ball, Bangladesh still needing three runs. 

A high full toss by seamer Thisara Perera saw Anamul hit the ball straight up into the air and the bowler catch the ball comfortably.

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