Australia v Bangladesh, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 31, 2014

Injured Mashrafe out of Australia game

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza has been ruled out of the side's last match of the World T20 after suffering a knee injury in Sunday's game against Pakistan.

Mortaza had been struggling with injuries in the lead-up to the World T20. In February, he picked up a side strain during an Asia Cup match against India and was ruled out for the rest of the tournament. He then suffered a rib injury in the opening match of the first round of the World T20, against Afghanistan.

Despite the injury, Mashrafe played five of the side's six matches so far, although he struggled for form. The bowler conceded 142 runs, taking three wickets at an average of 47.33. Against Pakistan on Sunday, Mashrafe gave away 63 runs in four overs without a wicket, his worst bowling performance in T20 internationals.

Mashrafe's injury will further hamper an already struggling Bangladesh side ahead of the match against Australia on April 1. Like Australia, Bangladesh have three losses in as many games but are placed last in Group 2 due to a poorer run rate.

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  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    Against afghanistan n australia n new zealand n england , u can put ur spin on as much as u want because history get u everything how they have been suffering through! Bangladesh have 15-30 chances to win but if u see this series as! Du plessis is not playing n south africa ended up wining , chandimal is not playing n sri lanka win again now this time is mashrfee can I say 70-80 percent chances for bangladesh to win !

  • Craig on April 1, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Hardly a meaningless game...the first whitewash of the first 'flashes' goes to...

  • Craig on April 1, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    ...and the first whitewash of the first 'flashes' goes to...

  • Dummy4 on April 1, 2014, 3:43 GMT

    Taskin s worth a try. Mashrafe has been in poor form lately and given the runs that he has been leaking, no one can do worse. Best to groom someone new.

  • Lakpriya on April 1, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    @abcdef_12345 Australia might be weak facing spin but I doubt Bangladesh have any bowler other than Sakib who could trouble them. So Arafat or Morataza will not make a big deal. They might as well give chance to a young guy and see what he will come up with.

  • Abdul on April 1, 2014, 3:06 GMT

    Mashrafee 63 4 overs and Ziaur 22 1 over. Within 5 overs PAK too 85 ran . 165 run plus/ and that should not have happened between two class bowler.

  • ashok on April 1, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    If I was the selector, I would dismiss the entire team and form a new T20 team based on the credentials in BPL...

  • Noor on March 31, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    BD will never be able to find a good pacer if they do not focus on finding process. In the Indian subcontinent, people are shorter than European and Australian. In addition, a fast bowler should intake nutritious food, which is difficult for more than 90% of Bangladeshi. We will not find a natural talent with good height. We have to make them by searching from the root level. I know they cannot produce Dale Steyn, Glenn McGrath or Malinga, however, if they cannot find a good pacer at least like Zahir Khan or Omar Gul, how can they hope to beat any top team? With weak pace attack, they will have to wait for the luck. In cricket you have to create luck if you want to be champion.

  • Golam on March 31, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Why BD does't play good cricket anymore? What is the reason? ... The answer will be very long but I can say two of them, one is the boys are not working hard and the other is ... they are simply not studying enough cricket (opponents and them selfs) !!! So how can we hoping for better cricket from BD when their base is so instabile ??

  • Android on March 31, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    i will go with 3 specialist spinners razzak, shakib & gazi. along with part time mahmudullah .

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