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'We Should'Ve Won...': BAN Skipper Shanto Shows Optimism After Narrow Defeat To SA


BAN skipper Shanto shows optimism after loss vs SA [AP Photo]

ICC T20 World Cup 2024 produced another thriller in New York as Bangladesh fell short to South Africa by 4 runs on Monday, June 10 at the Nassau County Stadium in a Group D game where South Africa sealed their ticket to the Super Eights.

Despite the early and late hiccups in the innings, South Africa put up a fighting score of 113/6 on the board. Bangladesh found themselves in a pole position to win the game at some stages, however, were unable to cross the finishing line.

Captain Najmul Shanto admitted the nervous yet confident mood of the dressing room during the chase and lauded the effort of pacer, Tanzim Sakib for his spell of 3/18,

"Everyone was nervous but were confident when Jaker (Ali) was there. It didn't happen but that's okay. Tanzim (Hasan Sakib) really worked hard last couple of games, we needed new-ball wickets and he showed his character. We should've won this but they bowled well. It happens," said Shanto.

He also praised Rishad Hossain for how he has bowled in this tournament and thanked the supporters for constantly having their back,

"Rishad (Hossain) is very good, he's bowled well in the last two games and practice. We've struggled to have a leg spinner in 10-15 years, hope he goes far. Wherever we play, we get a lot of support. Hope it's the same in the West Indies," the Bangladesh skipper concluded.

Up next, Bangladesh will be facing the Netherlands at Arnos Vale, Kingstown on June 13 with the hope of staying alive in the tournament.