Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 11, 2012

Mushfiqur blames inability to finish for loss

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh captain, has identified his side's inability to finish games as the reason why they struggle to beat the big teams. Bangladesh needed 39 runs off 40 balls, with five wickets in hand, to upset Pakistan in the Asia Cup opener, but lost a flurry of wickets to end 21 runs short. Mushfiqur said he was disappointed that senior players like Mashrafe Mortaza and Abdur Razzak did not show enough composure at the death, especially when they had a well-set Shakib Al Hasan at the other end.

"When we batted, Nasir [Hossain]'s dismissal was the turning point. Shakib and him were well set. We make mistakes in such situations. To beat big teams, you have to focus till the last ball.

"Mashrafe and Razzak are the senior-most players in our side, so we expected something from them. Shakib and Nasir had played well but once Nasir was gone, the rest of the batsmen could have taken a bit more responsibility by giving strike to Shakib."

Razzak and Mortaza were both dismissed looking for big shots when the asking-rate was around six an over and Shakib was past a half-century.

Before Shakib and Nasir's partnership, and the collapse that came after it, Tamim Iqbal had scored a half-century, a significant innings considering the controversy that surrounded his last-minute addition to the squad. Mushfiqur said Tamim had showed his ability with the innings.

"Tamim proved today he is a high-quality player. Players like Tamim and Shakib, they always prove their quality. The message given to him before this game was that only a cricketer like him can make a comeback in this manner."

Bangladesh had managed to keep Pakistan to 262 after the visitors were 135 for 0 at one stage, and Mushfiqur said his bowlers had done well to fight back. "It seemed like they'd score 280-300 the way they started but our bowlers made a good comeback. We chose to field after winning the toss. The pacers did well early on; their batsmen didn't get to play too many shots. We wanted one or two early wickets to put them under pressure."

The target could have been even smaller had Umar Gul not lifted Pakistan from 198 for 7 with some late hitting. Mushfiqur said the end overs were always a problem for Bangladesh, and they should have bowled better having caused the collapse in the middle overs. "We always have problems bowling in the Powerplay and slog overs. Today, we did well in the former but we bowled poorly in the last three overs. We should have bowled better after Misbah-ul-Haq got out. I think we conceded 20 extra runs.

"Mashrafe bhai bowled well in the first 8-9 overs but gave away some runs towards the end [16 in his 10th]. I think for a man who is returning, it is slightly difficult."

Mushfiqur defended the decision to go with six batsmen and the allrounder Nasir at No. 7, which allows the inclusion of three medium-pacers. "If we had taken an extra batsman or a spinner, the part-timers would have been used and that would have taken the total past the 280-mark. The six batsmen, if they had all batted well, would have been enough for the chase. But me, Tamim and Mahmudullah all got out in a short span. This combination of three seamers is quite good."

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

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  • Manesh on March 14, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    lol@AndyZaltzmannsHair. who do not know the difference between ODI and tests!. Only you team can lost 4-0 in ODI..

  • Dummy4 on March 13, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    I thought this game would be one sided boaring but it really was interesting . Bravo bengal to be competitive against big team although you threw away your win . I think this underdog team looks a bit improved and it is because they gave chance to new teenager players like nazimuddin and nasir hossain. nazimuddin played some awesome shot . This shows that they should find new young players with potential like nasir hossain and nazimuddin and give them chance to blossom rather than still including some old players. No point to look for experience , look for future. pakestan need to improve their batting to play against india/srilanka.

  • Ryo on March 12, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Lol at Indians talking tough in this thread with the embarassment that is the Indian cricket team. Typical Indians you chase down one score in the CB series never mind you got knocked out and its all mouths again. 4-0 regular scoreline against India these days.

  • Deenesh on March 12, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Pakistan was the only team BAN cudve upset. Going to get blanked now. Only themselves to blame

  • Max on March 12, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    in cricket winning is everything. competition doesnt mean anything, otherwise how many matches bangladesh almost won the match and later lost. sad but true. I think tamim, shakib, nasir are real world class and in their day, they can beat any one

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Bangladesh simply wasted a great opportunity to beat Pakistan.Time has came that they should move on and learn from past mistake.a lost match doesnt create differnce between an respective or humiliating defeat @ AQR-11 First of all dont put India in Bangladesh-Pakistan contest.Yes Indian bowling is weak But pakistan Batting too Terible.Its their Bowling had save them from embaraasment othe

  • Sano on March 12, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Bangladesh had already been there for 10 years in International cricket...still they dont know how to bat sensibly in important matches....a team having 1 good top order batsman, one middle order batsman & some one to play a flier at the end..dats what Bangladesh cricket is all about....others just seems to be useless in the batting line up !

  • roket on March 12, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Comparing SL team to BD saying SL won major tournaments after playing less than 12 years of test is a logical falacy: SL (Ceylon) has been playing International Cricket Since the 1920s and 30s, they played against MCC as early as 1927 in SL. BD played it's first international match in 1977, hosted their 1st ODI in 1988. SL was not a force to be reckoned with in Cricket till 1996 (15 years after gaining test status) when they won the world cup. They were considered underdogs prior to that. It always takes 1 or two players, in SL it was ranatunga and pinch hitting Jayasuria (who was a speacialist bowler, used as an opener as an experiment, the rest is hostory) who put SL on the map. As for Afghanistan and Ireland to be given status by snatching it away from BD - why cant they get status regardless of BD? IRE has a lot of players who has been playing county regularly for some time, yet their record against BD is poor. Afghanistan has a long way to go, not worth a comparison

  • Sathish on March 12, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    @AQR-11 - Yes u r right, PAK can score 320 easily against indian bowling - but one thing u missed out, everyone saw india scored 321 in 36 overs against strong SL bowling line up with MALINGA, so against this BACHCHA pak bowling INDIA can score the same 321 target in 20 overs - LOL.

  • Mark on March 12, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    I saw the whole game and it was a very good one. I actually expected Pakistan to run away with it but in the end, Bangladesh just ran out of steam. To be honest, Bangladesh could've comfortably won this game but only due to careless shots and the bowling the Bangladeshi's have done towards the end cost them the game. Although I'm an Englishman I was usually quite critical of the Bangladesh team but looking at the players profile - age, matches etc without doubt this Bangladesh Team is most certainly climbing up. I still do not think Bangladesh will reach the final but on this performance I saw, I have a funny feeling that they will win at least one game. Bangladesh just need to be positive as they have nothing to lose. Everyone knows they're not the strongest of the 4 teams but can compete. As for Pakistan, unlike Bangladesh, a lot of their players are in their 30s and its time for them to regroup and bring players such as Ahmed Shahzad otherwise they'll decline.

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