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Mashrafe explains why he opted to bowl

  • Published at 06:49 pm June 9th, 2019
Bangladesh's Mashrafe bin Mortaza reacts during their World Cup match against England in Cardiff Saturday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Cardiff

Mashrafe bin Mortaza informed that the condition was the reason behind their decision to bowl first

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza explained why he chose to bowl against host England, despite knowing that the home side have a strong batting line-up.

England scored 386 runs losing six wickets in their stipulated 50 overs. 

Previously, the Tigers’ highest successful chase in ODIs was 319, which came against Scotland in the 2015 World Cup.

Bangladesh eventually managed to post 280 for the loss of all of their wickets, largely thanks to Shakib al Hasan’s brilliant 121.

But questions were raised as to why Bangladesh opted to bowl, in spite of knowing the fact that England have registered 300-plus scores in their last six ODIs. 

Mashrafe though informed that the condition was the reason behind their decision to bowl first.

“We bowled well in the first four or five overs. But after that, they took control of the game. We knew that we have to take the wicket of Jason Roy early. But in the end, he got set and scored big against us. The pitch was under cover for almost one and a half days. So without second thoughts, we opted to field first after winning the toss,” said Mashrafe after the match.   

The Tigers have won once out of their first three matches, and still have six more games in hand in the World Cup. 

Mashrafe believes the team will turn around strongly and win more matches soon.

“If we had to chase 320 or 330 then it could have been different. A total of 386 is a huge target for us. Shakib is playing for us batting at No 3. And also, he is bowling well as well. We have still six games left, hopefully everyone will step up, and we will win the remaining matches,” he added.

Bangladesh team reached Bristol from Cardiff Sunday afternoon, and there was no scheduled practice session.

The match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will start at 10:30am local time, and 3:30pm Bangladesh time.