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I always believed the pacers would deliver: Mushfiq

Update : 29 Apr 2013, 05:51 PM

The 143–run win against Zimbabwe saw Bangladesh not only level the two match series and avoid a whitewash but also proved that Bangladesh can perform under pressure. Both the batting and the bowling clicked from the the first day of the game but a lackluster performance in the field took some of the gloss off the performance.

"I should talk about the batting first as we were really tense when we went in to bat losing the toss. The pressure was doubled by the fact that we were not able to score in the first game,” said Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim to the media at the press conference yesterday. Bangladesh made it to the finish line in Harare with help from an unlikely quarter. Debutant Ziaur Rahman was hardly expected to be an influence with the ball but picked up four wickets for 63 runs with his seemingly innocuous his medium pace. “It is a great relief that the pacers performed as they failed in the recent past. But I always had the belief that they would do well if they get the help from the conditions and they actually did in both the games. Robiul (Islam) was brilliant in both the games and Zia helped us finish the game today,” said Mushfiq. The win was Bangladesh's first Test victory since July 2009, and the side’s fourth Test victory. It was against the same opponents that the Tigers got their maiden Test victory in 2005 before they beat West Indies 2-0 almost four years ago. The victory also brought a winning end to a season in which Bangladesh have made progress as a Test side under the leadership of Mushfiqur who have been successful in leading his troops since he took over the post in November 2011. “This is a great achievement for me. Every one dreams to play in the national team. I crossed that part and became the captain. Then I always dreamt of leading my team to victories and I'm happy that it is happening. I hope this will continue,” said the wicket-keeper batsman who also added that dropping his deputy Mahmudullah from the game was a tough call. “I think this was the toughest call that I made in my career so far. But he (Mahmudullah) is a different kind of a person. He was the one who actually said to me to do anything which is necessary for the team and made my job easy. I hope he will step-up in the ODI series,” he added The hosts Zimbabwe had a fantastic start to the series winning the first game but failures by their batsmen denied the home side a clean sweep of the series.


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