Bangladesh skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza took the blame on himself for their four-wicket loss against New Zealand but he was confident that Tigers would come back strongly against hosts Ireland in their tri-nation match today.
Mashrafee, the inspirational skipper, had a bad day leaking many runs and also Tigers looked not enough sharp in the field to defend 257 that he thought was less than they desired.
‘We could have bowled better upfront, especially I could do better. Sakib [Al Hasan] did well but I could not,’ Mashrafee told in post-match presentation. ‘We had 20 runs lacking in the batting. We made some partnerships but could not make them big. We got out,’ said Mashrafee.
Mashrafee opened the bowling for Tigers and conceded a six and a four in the second and third ball that set the tempo for the Kiwis to chase down the score.
Mashrafee in the end finished with 1-58 bowling 6.3 overs and the figure of the charismatic captain, who has been one of the major inspirations for Bangladesh’s recent upheaval in international arena, perfectly illustrated the woeful day of the Tigers.
Mashrafee thought they have the scope to improve in all three disciplines and reckoned that it will be needed for them to overhaul the Irish side.
‘We have to improve in every sector. Our fielding was not that bad today but we have to improve in batting and bowling. As I said, we were 20 runs short. We must pick wickets early,’ the skipper said, giving the recipe for their success.
Despite the disappointing outing on Wednesday, skipper took some positives out of it as he indicated the half centuries of Soumya Sarkar and Mushfiqur and also mentioned the performance of Mustafiz, the pick of the bowlers with 2-33 and Rubel Hossain, who bowled in an ODI after last September.
‘Soumya made some runs. Mahmudullah and Mushfiq [Rahim] also made some runs. Soumya and Tamim [Iqbal] made good partnership in the top order. Mustafiz did well. Rubel [Hossain] came back splendidly,’
The first match between Bangladesh and Ireland was washed out due to rain and the Tigers will be keen to do well because that will not only keep their hopes alive in the series but also will save their rating points as a loss against lowly Ireland will result some peril in their ranking.
Tigers will also try to boost up their confidence ahead of the Champions Trophy that will begin in UK on June 1.
The match will start at 3:45pm at Malahide cricket ground.
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