Bangladesh lost another final and a golden opportunity of clinching a trophy where more than two teams are participating as Sri Lanka pulled off a comfortable 79-run win on Saturday.
“I wouldn’t use it as an excuse when chasing 220-odd runs,” Mashrafe said post the game. “When he fell, we were sure he wouldn’t be playing. We saw his hand. We knew it wasn’t possible for him to bat, so we had asked the others not to think about it.
“Everyone is disappointed in the dressing room. We expected to win having come this far,” he added.
“From the beginning, we wanted a good wicket, one where they can get high-scoring games. We had four quicks and Shakib. Our bowling unit was strong enough. We wanted wickets like the one when we scored 300-plus against Sri Lanka. The wicket was going up and down a bit. A batsman had to be set before playing shots,” he added.