Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 1st T20, Khulna January 15, 2016

Mashrafe focuses on positives in 'scratchy' effort

Mashrafe Mortaza: "I think we have good balance at the death with Shakib and myself also there." © AFP

Mashrafe Mortaza has conceded that Bangladesh's effort was scratchy, but said that his side will draw confidence from sealing their second-highest chase in T20s. Despite some hiccups, Bangladesh reached the target of 164 in 18.4 overs, after having overhauled West Indies' 164 in the World T20 in 2007.

"We were not up to the mark," Mashrafe said. "We had that early run-out [of Soumya Sarkar] and if Mushfiqur [Rahim] or Sabbir [Rahman] didn't get out at those points, we could have finished it in 17-18 overs. But good thing was that we didn't panic at any stage, which we used to do in the past.

"It is helpful to play in such wickets though I thought it was a scratchy performance. I think chasing this big total will give us more confidence. It is one of our biggest successful chases in T20s so the win is quite a relief. It wasn't easy chasing 165 so I hope we can hold on to this effort."

Mashrafe was also pleased with the performances of Al-Amin Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman. They shared four wickets and gave away only 10 runs in the last two overs of the first innings. Zimbabwe were given a strong platform for a final push by a 101-run opening partnership between Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda, but Al-Amin and Mustafizur pegged the visitors back.

"Al-Amin was our best T20 bowler before his action was reported," Mashrafe said. He is one of our best death bowlers. I have been saying that Mustafizur is unplayable. I think we have good balance at the death with Shakib and myself also there."

Mashrafe also said that he made a mistake by not using debutant Shuvagata Hom in the middle overs. Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman bowled four overs during that period while conceding 36 runs. Shuvagata was then sent into bat at No.4, ahead of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan, but managed only six runs.

"He is playing as a bowling allrounder. I could have brought him on instead of Mahmudullah or Sabbir. I sent him to bat at No 4 because I wanted to see him bat in these situations," Mashrafe said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Golam on January 17, 2016, 6:34 GMT

    Its just a matter of 20 overs ...just don't understand why BD is not playing with six good batsman ??

  • Faisal on January 16, 2016, 15:59 GMT

    I think Mashrafi should step down for a bit and let Mahmudullah take his role. He will be handy with bat and bowl and good a captain. If you want to experiment then please use player like Haider who has proved himself. Hom should go as well.

  • Lutful Hassan Fahim on January 16, 2016, 12:50 GMT

    Well, agreed on the fact that his bowling isn't suitable for t20. Also I can't fathom how on earth Hom has made his place in national team again with his consistent failure. Pick Haider Rony instead of him.

  • first name on January 16, 2016, 9:12 GMT

    I also think mashrafi is a liability in the team right now. His bowling had been toothless recently. if Zimbabwe plays him like cheese cake then i fear what will happen against good team. make mahmudullah the skipper and let rony and arafat sunny get in the team.

  • Hasib on January 15, 2016, 21:22 GMT

    Shuvagata Hom is not so great against quality opponents. Give Abu Haider a go. Play with 4 bowlers (plus Shakib), not 3. Mushfiq's defensive captaincy involved packing the team with batsmen and allrounders. We need to move away from this old idea that made 2014 the worst year for us. We're a big team now and need to start acting like one.

  • Shipu on January 15, 2016, 17:08 GMT

    The batting order should be something like this: Tamim, Sarker, Shabbir, Mushfiqur, Shakib...Tamim and Sarker need to work on their calling and running.

  • pranto on January 15, 2016, 15:52 GMT

    Mashrafi please stop playing in the T20s.You have became a liability in the team.Your bowling simply not good enough or effective enough for this format.Please don't block the place of some of the young talented bowlers like Rony Haider.I feel Mahmudullah's captaincy is better than yours.

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