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Mushfiqur Rahim apologises for 'humiliating defeat'

| Updated: October 21, 2017 13:02:59

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Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim apologised to the countrymen for his team's humiliating loss to South Africa on Monday.

He said he knew the Potchefstroom Test would be impossible to win after both teams played the first innings.

A draw seemed a logical outcome, but batting failures robbed the Tigers of even that, reports bdnews24.com.

Bangladesh made 90 all out in their second innings, sealing massive 333-run defeat in the first Test.

It was the first time the Tigers lost 10 wickets against the Proteas without even posting 100 runs.

Mushfiqur faced the media after the fifth and final day.

"If you ask about our batting, I'll honestly say that it is worrying. As captain, I don’t even remember the last time we batted like this.

"I also can't recall the last time we lost all wickets before reaching the 100-run mark. I feel terrible."

"There are ways of losing. But saving the match would have been very hard. But we should at least have the capacity to play two sessions. So as a batsman, I'm very disappointed. I didn't think we would lose this way. I apologise to the nation for this loss."

The Bangladesh skipper also spoke of fears that his team were at the risk of losing the good name they had earned in the last couple of years, all because of its latest performance in South Africa.

"The next match will give us another chance. We'll have to do something big or else, we'll have to go back home with just this humiliation," he added.  

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