Generally, Mustafizur is rarely expensive with the ball, thanks to his variation of pace. But in both the ODIs against Sri Lanka, the left-arm Bangladesh paceman proved to be expensive, conceding 6.85 and 7.50 runs per over respectively. In contrast, his career economy rate is around 4.5 runs an over.
Hathurusingha however, has assured that the Bangladesh team management is absolutely happy with his performance.
“He took three (four) wickets (in two Sri Lanka ODIs), which was good. He played a different role, we used him later on. (When) the run-rate (goes) above seven or eight, Fizz is always in the game. He is coming back from a big injury, the pitches were good too, so we don’t have any problems with him,” Hathurusingha told the media on Thursday in Colombo.
And despite conceding 311 runs in the second and penultimate ODI against the Lankans in Dambulla, Hathurusingha said the Bangladesh bowlers did well to restrict the opposition from running away with the game.
“We didn’t bowl as well as we could have, in certain periods. They played well on that pitch. [Kusal] Mendis and [Upul] Tharanga batted well, and did better than last game. We came back well. The match could have gone (either) way,” he said.