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Mashrafe: Never really recovered from Tamim, Mushfiq dismissals

  • Published at 01:20 am June 16th, 2017
Mashrafe: Never really recovered from Tamim, Mushfiq dismissals
Bangladesh were totally outclassed by an in-form India in the second semi-final of the 2017 Champions Trophy at Edgbaston on Thursday. The Indians registered a comprehensive nine-wicket win to reach the grand finale, scheduled for Sunday at Kennington Oval, where arch-rival Pakistan lie in wait. The Tigers went to the back-foot right from the start of their innings after being asked to bat by opposition skipper Virat Kohli. Soumya Sarkar was dismissed in the very first over while Sabbir Rahman also departed cheaply. However, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim added 123 runs for the third wicket to rebuild their innings after the early hiccups. But when it seemed the Tigers were all set to counter-attack the opponent, both Tamim and Mushfiq were dismissed in poor fashion. And skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza believes those two wickets at the middle cost them badly as they were unable to script a comeback after that. He said they found it difficult to recover from the damage following their dismissals, even though they were well set at one point to cross the 300-mark. “I think we could have had a big total. The way we had been playing, Tamim and Mushfiq, they got out at that time, it's always difficult. That time we had been on top. It could have easily been 300 or even beyond, but suddenly wickets fell. Shakib [al Hasan], and [Mahmudullah] Riyad couldn't go through. So it's always difficult from there to score 300,” Mashrafe told the media in the post-match conference. Questions were raised regarding the shot selection of Tamim and Mushfiq after they got out off rather loose deliveries. Mashrafe however, said they had plans to attack part-timer Kedar Jadhav in order to put pressure on the opponent, which, eventually backfired. “Look, it's difficult to answer that question for me because I know they might have thought that since he bowls part-time they could go after him. That sort of thing maybe worked in their minds. But again, it depends on both, what sort of mindset they were in,” he said. Despite posting a challenging total of 264 for the loss of seven wickets, the Tigers bowlers were unable to put any sort of pressure on the Indian batters. When queried if he is concerned over the lack of potency in their bowling attack, Mashrafe said it is always difficult to restrict the quality Indian batting line-up, that too on a pitch that had nothing in it for the seamers. “Look, I think, yes, I think we have a good bowling attack. We always believed that, but sometimes it doesn't work, especially on that sort of wicket. Once you're bowling in the second half it's always difficult, but as I said before that, we have to learn a bit more, to stop runs on that sort of wicket, because we can't just ask for wickets all the time, especially against a batting order like India's. So I know we have to learn a little bit more as to how we can stop runs and put pressure on the opponent,” added Mashrafe.