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Mashrafe: Liton, Miraz did more than what we wanted

  • Published at 10:45 am September 29th, 2018
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Bangladesh's Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Liton Das run between the wickets during their Asia Cup final against India in Dubai Friday AFP

Liton was the aggressor in the partnership, hammering 86 off 66 balls, in the process registering his maiden ODI half-century

Bangladesh’s decision to send lower middle-order batsman Mehedi Hasan Miraz to open with Liton Das was generated from the plan of having solid batters for the latter part of the innings. 

In the final of the Asia Cup in Dubai Friday, the Tigers had taken India by surprise after sending Miraz to bat as an opener.

The surprising move saw Bangladesh overcome their opening partnership troubles as Liton and Miraz posted 120. 

A meagre 16 runs against Afghanistan in the Super Four stage was Bangladesh’s highest opening wicket stand in the tournament before the final.

“Actually, we thought that we weren’t clicking in the top-order in the whole tournament. We wanted to keep Soumya [Sarkar] and send Mehedi to open, so that at least we have seven solid batters later on. We wanted Mehedi to hang in there for 10 overs. Then the middle-order will come into play. But I think they did more than what we wanted,” said Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza at Dubai International Cricket Stadium following the final.

Liton was the aggressor in the partnership, hammering 86 off 66 balls, in the process registering his maiden ODI half-century. 

Miraz meanwhile played the role of the anchor, adding 32 before perishing in the 21st over, and give India the crucial first wicket in the game. 

However, a middle-order collapse drained the efforts as the Tigers finished their innings on 222 losing 10 wickets. 

Liton departed for 121 and later, the Bangladesh bowlers fought till the last ball of the India chase only to lose by three wickets. 

This was the sixth time Bangladesh lost a multi-nation tournament final.