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Mushfiqur promises a strong comeback

Bangladesh captain feels that the pitch did not assist spin enough

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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim speaks to the media.
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim defended his decision to bowl first in the Group D match against New Zealand in Pallekele on Friday. 

“We backed ourselves to chase anything around 160. You see the way our bowlers bowled in the first two overs...they started well. Thereafter Brendon batted superbly and showed why he is the number one ranked batter in T20 cricket. Our quicks and spinners did not bowl to the field. Also our fielding let us down. If we had restricted them to around 160 then it would have been a different ball game," rued Mushfiqur. 

Bangladesh’s band of left-arm spinners struggled as Brendon McCullum slammed 123 off 58 balls, his second hundred in T20I cricket and also the highest score in this format in T20Is. But Mushfiqur defended his spin attack. 

“If you see two of them are left-arm spinners..Shakib is more of a batting or bowling all-rounder. I don't think our left-arm spinners had too much help from the pitch. Credit should go to Brendon for the way he batted. Other than him no one really played well,’’ said Mushfiqur. 

Bangladesh now has a three-day gap before it plays Pakistan next on 25 September. 

“Definitely we will look at our game (in the next three days). We have tomorrow and day after as a couple of off days before our next match against Pakistan, who are dangerous in this format. We will have to have a relook at our strategy and give 100 per cent in our next game,’’ informed Mushfiqur. 

The right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper believes that there are hard lessons to learn for his side from the 53-run loss to New Zealand. 

“If you see we did not give our 100 per cent today on the field. We did not do the right things in bowling and fielding. While chasing 192...it was always going to be hard once we lost a couple of wickets. It was really difficult. We have learnt some lessons from this game. We will work on our weaknesses in this game and come back stronger,’’ concluded Mushfiqur.

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