Giving away easy runs is key reason behind defeat: Mashrafe

DHAKA, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza insisted they could save at least 40 to 50 runs if they could be proactive more in the match eventually lost by 48 runs against Australia at Trent

Bridge in Nottingham yesterday.

Bangladesh waged a massive battle before conceding the defeat to Australia

who left the Tigers to uphill task, compiling a hefty 3815, thanks to an

epic 146 ball166 runs by David Warner.

The Tigers finally were restricted to 3338, their highest total in ODI

cricket history, eclipsing 3306 against South Africa in this World Cup

opener.

The victory took Australia to the top of the point table with 10 points

from six games. Bangladesh sits at the fifth position with five from six

matches, but mathematically the Tigers are still in the semifinal race.

I think we gave away 4050 on the field. Otherwise, it could have been a

different chase, said Mashrafee after the match. Credit to Warner and other

Australian batsmenthe way they accumulated runs he said.

Bangladesh bowled first after Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss

and opted to bat, predicting the ground a good surface to bat first.

The Tigers brought up two changes to the squad with Mohammad Saifuddin and

Mosaddek Hossain Saikar being ruled out due to back and shoulder injury

respectively.

Fast bowler Rubel Hossain and batsman Sabbir Rahman replaced them in the

squad.

This is the best we have and few newcomers have come in to be honest, we

have been positive, said Mashrafee.

Soumya got run out and ShakibTamim did well but 381 runs was tough in any

wicket, he said, adding that now they have to win all the remaining matches

to have a chance to qualify for the semifinal.

Bangladesh will play Afghanistan, India and Pakistan in the last three

group matches.

It is tougher but we have to make sure that we would win all matches that

are left and then we have to wait for the result of other matches. But in

cricket anything can be happened. So we are not giving up hope at the moment

Mashrafe said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)