Bengaluru, March 24: For Shakib al Hasan, Bangladesh's top player and one of the best allrounders in contemporary cricket, it was an eve of a massive heartbreak.
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Hasan, who turned 29 on Thursday (March 24), put up a decent show against India in the T20 World Cup on the eve of his 30th birthday. He took a wicket for 23 runs in four overs and also scored 22 runs off 15 balls. But yet, his team's shocking one-run victory in a match which it should have won easily.
Bangladesh needed two runs off three balls at one stage with four wickets in hand but could not take any run off those deliveries and lost three wickets to lose the match by a single run. The loss also knocked them out of the World Cup.
And the tragedy made Hasan's birthday one of the worst in his life. The allrounder was left in tears like many of his colleagues and supporters after the match. And understandably so.
This is the second consecutive World Cup in which Bangladesh crashed out of the tournament after losing to India. Last year, they lost to India by 109 runs in the quarter-final of the 50-over World Cup in Melbourne, Australia.