Athletic

Batting was not up to the mark: Mashrafe

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza

admitted that poor batting caused the massive defeat of his team against

Afghanistan in the Super Four round of the 2018 Asia Cup in Dubai on

Thursday.

However, the skipper hoped to come up with something better against India

leaving behind the agony. He was speaking at a post-match press conference on

Thursday after a massive 136-run defeat against Afghanistan.

Rashid Khan scored a 31-ball fifty to propel Afghanistan to a confident

total, he also bagged two wickets and came up with a brilliant run-out to

leave his opponent awestruck.

I think Afghanistan outplayed us from the 40th over in the first

innings. Our batting was not up to the mark and the bowling in the last 10

overs was poor, he told reporters.

He said it would be difficult to look forward if the players hold on to

the past. The important part of the tournament starts now and they have to

think about it (match against India).

The Bangladesh skipper said it would have been better if they carried

forward the [winning] momentum.

The Narail express hoped that Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur Rahman would

bolster their strength in their first super four match against India. The duo

was rested as team management wanted them to be fresh against India as both

were nursing their respective injuries.

It is hard to recover from the heat and back to back matches. Hopefully

we will come up with something better and play hard, said the Bangladesh

captain.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)