Bangladesh vows to keep winning momentum going

Bangladesh is looking to keep the winning

momentum going after clinching a memorable victory in the first T20 against

India that came at a moment when the country's cricket was at lowest ebb

following star performer Shakib Al Hasan's ban and players' unprecedented

strike against the home board.

Those off-the-field scuffle grabbed Bangladesh at the time when they were

gearing up for the tour in India, which is always considered as toughest for

any country in the world.

But such was the magnitude of their seven-wicket victory, their first

against India in this format in ninth attempt that Bangladesh is now looking

for series victory as they head towards Rajkot, which will host the second

match on November 7.

First match is important in any series. We always want to start the

series with winning note, Bangladesh senior batsman Mushfiqur Rahim who led

the side's victory in first T20 said here on Sunday.

We tried out best to start off the series well so that we can gain the

momentum early and keep it. That was happened what we wanted. Now our target

is to keep it going, he added.

Mushfiqur said Bangladesh's victory came on the back of some well-planned

strategy. He however disclosed how they planned in the last three overs when

it looked India had the similar advantage on winning the game.

Last three overs were dead overs and those were crucial because Chahal

was there. At least we needed couple of fours in his over to make it easier

in the last two overs. The 19th over was really crucial over. All the plan

went well in our way and we played really well in last couple of overs, he

pointed out.

He said their initial plan was to play compete in each and every game and

they are keen to stick to it.

We came here, to compete in each and every game. But as long as you are

playing consistent cricket and improving day by day, that's our main goal,

he said.

At the same time, Mushfiqur added that they still need to improve in some

areas if they want to clinch the series.

But personally I think we can improve in couple of areas. We need to

improve there in last portion of bowling. So if we improve in those areas and

play better from what we did today then there is nothing which is impossible.

We will try our level best to compete against India.

He also stressed upon the requirements of keeping the consistency in

batting too.

It is very important. In T20, a top four needs to be there to finish the

innings, whether you are setting a target or chasing. That was our plan. And

we did that. And it is important to carry on the good form in the next games.

So it's very difficult to predict but I will try best to put a good show in

the next games.

Mushfiqur who termed the last two weeks in Bangladesh cricket as toughest

in his 15-year long career, said the team needs good result indeed to bring

the country's cricket out of the off-the-field scuffle.

In my 15 years career, these two three weeks it was the toughest. Before

I left Bangladesh, I said everything come in right track if we win some

matches. That's what we have done and we will try continuing this form.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)