The bowlers were not being able to bowl at their strength but end of the day it has been good that we faced such situation
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza said the change of condition under lights had put his bowlers on the back foot and see a narrow escape against Zimbabwe in the second ODI at Sylhet International Stadium on Tuesday. Bangladesh, boosted with Tamim Iqbal’s record 158 runs posted 322 for eight batting first. Defending the big total, however, saw Bangladesh bowler struggled as Zimbabwe powered with four half centuries and some big hitting in the end part of the chase fall short by just four runs.
“[Sikandar] Raza was batting when they were on 140 runs. We were discussing that the ball was coming easy from the wicket and it was skidding. It was being tough to grip the ball because of dew,” said Mashrage following the game at SICS on Tuesday.
“The bowlers were not being able to bowl at their strength but end of the day it has been good that we faced such situation. It doesn’t matter it has come against whom. Such tight wins help in big matches as you have the experience of what to do and what not. You know how to hold your nerve,” the right-arm pacer further explained.
Bangladesh had gone into the game with two changes with pacers Al Amin Hossain and Shafiul Islam coming in place of Mohammad Saifuddin and Mustafizur Rahman. Al Amin was the most expensive on the day giving away 85 runs for 10 overs while Shafiul leaked 76 in nive overs.
Mashrafe explaining the changes said, “322 runs is a big total. Saifuddin is effective as a death bowler but those who played also have good record. They have played well in India. It was one of those days that went bad and it can come against anyone especially if the condition is like this where dew is making things tough.”
“If Al Amin had those catches taken [dropped by Najmul Hossain Shanto at slips and Shafiul at the rope] it could have been a different day for them. It is tough to say. Saifuddin might have bowled equally bad today,” Mashrafe concluded.