World Cup: Batsmen showing courage but Bangladesh need early wickets, says Mortaza

October 25, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img Reuters NottinghamJune 21, 2019UPDATED: June 21, 2019 09:28 IST Its difficult for the bastmen, says Mashrafe Mortaza (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia posted 381 on the board in 50 overs vs Bangladesh on ThursdayMushfiqur Rahim’s maiden World Cup hundred went in vain as Bangladesh lost by 48 runsBangladesh will face Afghanistan next on June 24Bangladesh’s inability to strike with the new ball cost them dearly in their World Cup match against Australia, skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said after their 48-run loss on Thursday.Bangladesh mounted a spirited chase in pursuit of a 382-run victory target but finished on 333-8 to succumb to their third defeat in six matches.David Warner, dropped at a backward point when on 10, smashed 166 and featured in a 121-run opening stand with skipper Aaron Finch (53) to lay the foundation for Australia’s imposing total of 381-5.”We created a few chances, which should have been taken, especially against a big side, you have to take those 50-50 chances,” Mashrafe said.Warner and Finch saw off the first 20 overs without being separated, guiding Australia to 117 and both completing fifties.Mashrafe reckoned it could have been completely different with an early breakthrough.”I knew that we needed a wicket at that particular time. They knew if they don’t lose wickets early, they can damage us. I think not picking a wicket was the main thing.”Mushfiqur Rahim’s unbeaten century and fifties by Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah fuelled Bangladesh’s gallant charge but their second successive 300-plus total was not enough to upset the reigning champions.In their previous match, Bangladesh chased down a 322-run target against West Indies with 8.3 overs to spare but Mashrafe said it was unfair to expect the batsmen to do it every time.”It’s hard for the batters…350 is always difficult,” the all-rounder said.”On this wicket, even 340 could have been chased down. The batsmen are showing their courage. If you look at our batting, I think everyone has been batting with some intent.”advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: 16 hundreds are great but for us it’s about getting 2 points, says David WarnerAlso Read | Dream11 Prediction: Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for England vs Sri LankaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Bangladesh vs AustraliaFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow Mashrafe Mortaza Next World Cup: Batsmen showing courage but Bangladesh need early wickets, says MortazaICC Cricket World Cup 2109: Mashrafe Mortaza-led Bangladesh pace attack hasn’t managed to pick up a lot of wickets with the new ball in the tournament. On Thursday, Australia posted a mammoth total of 381 before clinching a 48-run win.advertisementlast_img



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