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Rubel planned it all himself: Mushfiq

Update : 29 Oct 2013, 07:50 PM

Bangladesh seamer Rubel Hossain’s six-wicket haul aided Bangladesh in winning the opening match of the three-match ODI series against New Zealand at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.

The speedster claimed a hat-trick, dismissing Corey Anderson, Brendon McCullum and James Neesham in the 24th over to turn the game the Tigers’ way and finished with 6/26 from 5.5 overs – the joint best figures by a Bangladeshi bowler.

“The feat will give me confidence to perform further in the series. The series is the first since my return from the shoulder injury and to be honest I am relieved. I look forward to hold onto the rhythm and get more occasions for my team to cherish,” Rubel told the media yesterday.

Rubel recently claimed a hat-trick in the Dhaka Premier League, as well.“I myself was not aware of the hat-trick in the Premier League because it happened in two different overs. I didn’t plan anything special, I just tried to maintain the line and deliver in the good area and it worked. Happy that it came against tough opponents,” he said.

Captain Mushfiq was full of praise for the paceman, “I want to inform that today (yesterday) whatever Rubel did was simply his own credit. Previously what used to happen is we (members of the team) used to guide him and tell what to do or where to bowl. But today we didn’t advise him. Let it be the hat-trick or the six wickets that he took, he planned all the deliveries by himself.

“This shows how mature he has become over the years and that he has learnt his lessons. Even if you look into the Test matches he was brilliant. He didn’t manage to get wickets but he was very disciplined and economical.”

Mushfiq went on to look ahead to the rest of the series. “The start has been great, there might have been mistakes in the game today (yesterday) but at the end we did manage the victory. A series win is the target but we want to go game by game. As we have the lead we will like the same result in the second game and do not like to wait for the third game.”

New Zealand’s Corey Anderson reflected, “We started the day well and later the chase was also on track. But they (Bangladesh) bounced back well with Rubel leading them with the ball. We hope to get back in the series with win next game.”

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