India hopes to claw back into series

RAJKOT India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal said that

the team has the confidence to bounce back in the series after suffering a

seven-wicket defeat to Bangladesh in the first game.

He also credited Bangladesh for playing better than them in the first

game but said they are careful not to do the mistakes of the first game.

First of all we should appreciate Bangladesh. They played very well (at

Delhi). We know we are (supposed to be) a better team but if you see last few

matches, Bangladesh have put up proper fight, Chahal said on Tuesday after

India's practice session.

Mushfiqur Rahim calculated the target very well. But it is not about

pressure; it is a three-match series. We are one down with two more matches

to go and we believe in ourselves to bounce back.

We are positive. It is not the case that we have never lost in the

first game of a series previously and have not gone on to win the series. We

have forgotten that and we all are positive. If you dwell too much on the

last game then a lot of negative things will come out. But we are ready for a

fresh start.

He said that there is no pressure on Indian team following the defeat as

they tasted some harsh criticism from the fans and former players.

There is no pressure. It is a bilateral, three-match series and not a

knockout competition. Obviously one team wins and the other loses. They

played well that day, Chahal remarked.

Chahala heaped praise on Bangladesh young brigades, specially on leg-

spinner Aminul Islam Biplob, saying that they made the team stronger even

without the service of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal.

Bangladesh are a very decent team even in their (Shakib and Tamim)

absence. All of them are experienced, even their new leg-spinner (Aminul

Islam) bowled well. We are not seeing Bangladesh as a weak team just because

Shakib and Tamim are not there. They are a good team and are giving us a good

fight, he said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)