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We don’t need to go after Mushfiq, says Mashrafe

  • Published at 08:41 am June 6th, 2019
Mashrafe bin Mortaza Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Mashrafe also admitted the batsman should have scored big

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza admitted that the missed run out chance by wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim was one of the turning point of the match but the skipper believes Mushfiq should not be blamed solely for their loss against New Zealand during their second game of the ICC Cricket World Cup at the Oval on Wednesday.

Chasing to 245 to win, New Zealand lost both their openers within 10 overs. New Zealand were under pressure then and Bangladesh could have taken the third in the twelfth over when New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was well short while taking a run. But television replays showed wicket-keeper Mushfiq had dislodged the bells before the ball reached to his hand and thus the third umpire gave his verdict of not out.

When questioned about whether Mushfiq’s missed chance was the turning point of the match or not the skipper said such mistakes can happen and its part of the game.

“That run out miss of the match was one turning point because both Williamson and Ross Taylor were set then. But I don’t think we need to go after Mushfiq. It could happen with any player. Probably he was trying too hard to get Williamson run out. The throw was straight but as a keeper it was difficult to know if it was straight or not. Mushfiq wanted to take the ball and suddenly the stump was hit by his elbow. That kind of mistake can happen in a match, so I don’t think we should go after him,” said Mashrafe during the post match press conference on Wednesday. 

Mashrafe also admitted the batsman should have scored big and formed big partnerships during the first innings as every Bangladesh batsman got start, got settled down and lost their wicket in the crucial moment.

“Another turning point may be when Shakib and Mithun got a 41-run partnership and then Shakib got out. Those few partnerships in our batting, if they got going and score 80 to 100, then it could have been a different score for us,” captain added.

New Zealand batsmen hold their nerves till the end and reached their target in 47.1 overs losing eight wickets to get their second win in as many matches so far in the tournament.

Bangladesh will play their next game against hosts England on Saturday.