Bangladesh v West Indies, 5th ODI, Mirpur December 8, 2012

'We deserved to win this ODI series' - Mushfiqur


Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has said his team earned the 3-2 ODI series victory over West Indies through skill and by building up towards peak form over the past four weeks. The coming together of all three departments in the crucial final game of the series, albeit with some major scares along the way, he said, was what made the difference for Bangladesh.

"We deserved to win this ODI series, judging by our performance since the Tests and our cricket skills," Mushfiqur said after the game. "We would have at least drawn that first Test had we not made some mistakes. We didn't bat and field well in the third and fourth [ODIs], though we bowled very well. Today our only plan was to get it right in all three departments.

"This is what gave us the wins in the first two games of the ODI series. In this final game, we told everyone that we have to make sure we give 100% effort."

Bangladesh's nerves could have frayed at two crucial points in the game, but they came out on top on both occasions. First, when Kieron Pollard began his assault, hammering eight sixes in an innings that was threatening to take the series away from the home side. As the big hits piled up at the feet of a sell-out crowd, Mushfiqur's bowling choices were compromised. He tossed the ball to the innocuous Mominul Haque, who bowls part-time left-arm spin. Sensing an opportunity to get one more out of the ground, Pollard went for a big swish after clearing the front foot, but the ball had snuck below his bat and onto the stumps.

Mushfiqur joked that he would like credit for that wicket but praised the maturity shown by Mominul: "Mominul is a fighting cricketer. That is how he is, one of my favourite young players. He takes up the challenge so when I gave him the bowling, I told him to just do what you can, don't worry about the outcome."

The other crucial juncture was when the 91-run fourth wicket stand between Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah ended with the latter getting bowled by Sunil Narine in the 21st over, with Bangladesh still needing 97 runs to win. They had two more batsmen in the shed, Nasir Hossain and Mominul, and these two came together when Mushfiqur was also dismissed by the same bowler not long after. The two youngsters, Nasir playing the role of the senior batsmen for once, showed the guts required in these tight situations and on a 53-run fifth wicket stand that took Bangladesh almost to the victory.

"When I was batting with [Mahmudullah] Riyad bhai, I wanted to put up a partnership," Mushfiqur said. "After I got out, another partnership was a must and credit goes to Nasir and Mominul. They handled the pressure situation very well, showed their maturity in such a game. Even Sohag Gazi's 15 runs were vital in the circumstances."

The captain was happy with Shafiul Islam, who was a last-minute replacement for the injured Mashrafe Mortaza and the only pace bowler in the attack. He took 3 for 31 - his second-best bowling performance in terms of wickets taken and his most economical spell of bowling against a major team; he has been known to leak runs in the past.

"I think 70% of [credit for] the win goes to him," Mushfiqur said. "He bowled so well in such a final match, and it is not easy to bowl against Gayle, Pollard and Samuels. He hasn't played for a long time [due to injury]. We kept telling him to be ready for an opportunity. He can use the inswinger with the new ball, so we were sure he could do the job."

Mushfiqur pointed out that the win had come against an in-form team that has just won the World Twenty20, and that Bangladesh were without their linchpin, Shakib Al Hasan. That, he said, made it a superior performance to the two previous series wins against teams ranked higher than Bangladesh. "I would put this above the West Indies whitewash [in 2009, against a second-string side] and the 4-0 win over New Zealand [in 2010]. This is a T20 champion side and all their top players were here.

"We also missed a big performer in this series, so it became a huge challenge. I would say that this is the biggest win for us."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on December 10, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    BD should challenge their all opponents those who are leading ODI cricket and invite them to visit in BD at ODI arena. Srilanka will be visit in BD on February'2013. We are welcome them and expecting to get another good news. I respect to Mushfiq for his intelligent comments as he has given to credit all of team players after series won. That's nice to hear. We request to BCB to take Suqline Mustaq and renew his contract for his continue contribution in BD XI.

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    oh common did they beat india in india or south africa in south africa or england in england?..pitches are prepared to suit bangla team wil see how much effort they wil show when they travel abroad...even commentators are saying pitches are not good for odi..anyhow odi's expiring day by day ODI's are completely removed from international itenary

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Request to BD fans.. please celebrate the beautiful moment of this series win. and don't thing or expect lots of thing in future. We should thing about the present. After winning this series neither BD become the new rising power of world cricket nor they achieved everything..only time will tell how long it will take to perform well in longer version of games or perform consistently. it has been a problem with us. We become so emotional that we talked and dream lots about future..hope our cricketer will keep their nerve cool as well our beloved BD fans.

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    This is rightly written. I also agree that this is the highest rank win for Bangladesh against any test team in the world. We as a Bangladeshi very much satisfied of this win and hop3e this will continue in the next series. Bangladesh is now in a strata to fight against the tough team and the elite teams now exercise Bangladeshi Batsmen and bowlers before landing this land. Bangladeshi Players are now mentally enjoyed cricket.

  • Darius on December 9, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Bangladesh is now ranked 8th in ODIs, ahead of NZ!

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Yes it is ' now its a better side with out Ashraf,Junaid and etc

  • Omar on December 9, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Mushfiqur is spot on. This was a better win than the 4-0 whitewash against New Zealand 2 years ago because it came against a team that just won the World Twenty20. Plus they didn't have Shakib Al-Hasan, the world's number one ranked all-rounder. Well played Tigers!

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Nice win for Bang. But what would we expect their captain to say, that his team deserved to lose? You shouldn't get carried away with this series win, however special. For fact of the matter is the overall state of Bang cricket is still mediocre. Many talented but far too impulsive players. Very little cricket sense consistently displayed.

    None of my business, but Bang's keeper is a decent batsman but not a Test # 5. He should be coming in at 7. Don't think he's your most effective captain either-too given to brain lock at critical times of matches. Mahmudullah would be better. More of an even keel player. Just my view and perhaps, food for thought. Congrats once again, Bang.

  • Lakpriya on December 9, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    Hope this will be a continuous run for Bangladesh, they also beat NZ 4-0 sometime back. but didn't go anywhere after that. I think now they can be a threat for any team in their home conditions in limited overs games. For WI all that joy and happiness that was there 2 months ago after winning the T20 is shattered now. They have a long way to go before becoming a continuous threat for other teams.

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Simply, brilliant show by the tigers. They surely deserved to win the series. The commitment and application shown by all the players on and off the field was outstanding. No harm to prepare wicket like this at home coz when you travel NZ, Eng, SA or Aus, they prepare the wicket according to their strength. 100% agree with Mr Ataher Ali that these were good one day pitch where bowler has decent chance of competing with the batters. You have to work hard for your runs. WI simply could not apply themselves and BD Tigers surely applied themselves. Again, hats off to the players for putting up such a great show after coming short in the last game. Best of luck for the T20.

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