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June 18, 2005
After the match, the victorious Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar and the bashful Man of the Match, Mohammad Ashraful, shared a few words with Sky Sports, and then their coach Dav Whatmore added his views
Congratulations on a memorable win
I am probably the happiest man in the world today. After this match, people can look for us in the next games and we can do a lot of things.
Your batting has fallen apart before but you held on today
Well, we batted hard and we worked hard.
Before you batted did you think chasing down 250 was realistic?
We thought it was a bit too much. But when we were batting well and didn't lose many wickets at the top we thought we could do it. It's difficult for us - the victories don't come too often too much, so we will have to celebrate.
You struck 100 from 101 deliveries. What a difference a day makes. On Thursday, it just took one ball and you were back in the pavilion.
Last innings I got out to a good ball. Today the wicket was better for us batting and ... what I can say?
Are you happy with your form?
The Test match I didn't score that much, and then I scored a duck in the first one-day match. It was pressure for me because in this team I have to score. But I haven't been scoring that much. I can't express it... It was a great, great day.
How do you feel after that victory?
I am smiling to be honest. I'm very, very, very pleased to see the boys bounce back after a pretty demoralizing month or so of Test match cricket; one practice match where we got beaten, and one one-day match. It's very hard to take sometimes, but this was brilliant.
Did the Worcestershire match help to lift your spirits, though?
It did a bit. We handled the conditions better than they did. We lost some wickets chasing 168, but to win was a great time. I know what this team is capable of - we just have to believe in ourselves and do things better than people expect. It's the consistency of being able to do good things at the time. We have always thought we were capable of at least pushing the opposition very hard for the win and, in doing so, you give yourselves a chance.
Talk us through your victory today
We know that what we've been guilty of is losing wickets too early and, if we can do that, we would back ourselves - and that's what happened. We had some wickets in the bag today bit we also needed to collect some runs and that's what [Mohammad] Ashraful did today. We were very, very keen not to panic. It's easy to panic when you see the run-rate coming up, and it's easy to play a false shot. It was a personal battle. I am not going to be the one to just hand my wicket away the way I have done in the past, and that's what we managed not to do today. Whether we bat first or bat second we just think we don't need to lose wickets in the first ten or 15 overs. If we can just do that we will snowball; the boys will get confident if we can play shots over the infield without losing our wickets, it's all to do with keeping our heads. It's more likely that later on we can take a calculated risk and take it back to the opposition - and that's what happened today
Mohammad Ashraful hadn't been batting well before today
No, he hasn't - and that's the frustration of it all. Most people who follow Bangladesh cricket will see glimpses of his form. It really, really, really frustrates me and a lot of other people when he gives his wicket away. But I'm not asking for a hundred every time.
But it's important, nevertheless, to stick with the young players and give them a chance
That's right. We were keen to teach him a lesson on the odd occasion: about a year and a half ago, we left him out of the team. With Aftab [Ahmed] coming up as well, he's showing everyone that he's got what it takes. He's got great potential. He's also been very, very, very helpful in giving us an opportunity to score big totals.
His average is not that impressive [16.5 in one-day matches]
I know more than anyone his average - and what he's capable of.
How can Bangladesh improve now?
We think we should be able to field as well as most. We are a bit naughty on giving singles away and the odd half-chance. You're never satisfied as a coach are you?
What celebrations do you have lined up for tonight?
I had planned a little training session for the reserves with the view of making one change before the next match - and I still think that will happen. But I'm not going to worry about that tonight, and I think they will have a great time celebrating.
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