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U-19 ASIA CUP CRICKET

Bangladesh bow down to India due to psychological pressure

BSS, Dhaka

Bangladesh Under-19 team returned to the country yesterday after their heartbreaking five-run loss to India in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Under-19 Asia Cup final, a loss that the team described as shameful because of bowing down to psychological pressure.  

The Junior Tigers seemed to break the jinx of losing the knock-out matches against India when the bowlers skittled the mighty neighbours out for just 106 in 32.4 overs.

Standing on the brink of losing the final, Indian youths brought up their A game, led by left-arm spinner Atharva Ankolekar who snared 5-28 as Bangladesh U19 was shot out for 101 in 33 overs.

Bangladesh Under-19 lost to India in the recently concluded tri-nation final as well in England where the young Tigers reached the final at the expense of the host.

“We cannot describe this loss. We always lose the winning matches against India- it is happening regularly now. This is a matter of shame,’’ Shamim Patwari, a batsman of the team, said here on Sunday on the BCB academy premises.

“It might be a psychological barrier, maybe it works in our brain when we take on India in the final,’’ he said.

The narrow victory gave India the record seventh title of Under-19 Asia Cup, arrange by Asian Cricket Council (ACC). Ever since the Under-19 Asia Cup was launched in 1989, India has reached all but one final and so good their record is that they have never lost a final, ACC website said.

The final in 2012 was a tie with India and Pakistan being declared joint-champions while Afghanistan won the 2017 title, beating Pakistan.

Patwari added that losing the game despite the brilliant performance of their bowling unit was even more disappointing as he believe they just wasted their opportunity to seal a win in the final.

“We thought we could do something well, finish the match well. But that did not happen in the end. We could not execute our game plan,’’ said Patwari.

“It did not happen, I tried. Bad luck that I could not contribute for the team with bat,’’ he said.

“’Our bowler bowled really well. We were good in everywhere. Everything was good,’’ he added.

Patwari also said that the some of the umpire’s decision did not go their way indicating the two leg-before wicket decisions that had ruined their chances.

“You have seen it. I hope you understood it better than us. Why it (wrong decision) happens with us. Every time when we play against India, they make one or two wrong decision, which ends our matches,’’ he concluded.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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