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19 May, 2017 04:49:21 PM
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No time to harbour negative thoughts: Mashrafe

Independent Online/Cricbuzz
No time to harbour negative thoughts: Mashrafe

Having lost their first full match of the ongoing tri-nation tournament in Ireland, Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza, is glad that his team will get a chance at making a quick turnaround when they face hosts Ireland in the fourth match in Malahide on Friday (May 19).

Bangladesh failed to defend a competitive score of 257 on Wednesday (May 17) and went down by four wickets to a rejigged and revamped New Zealand side, leaving them on two points from two games, ahead of hosts Ireland on net run-rate. On Friday, the two teams have a chance at closing the six-point gap between themselves and New Zealand as the tournament enters the final leg.

The little space between the two games now offers Bangladesh an opportunity to redeem themselves and get rid of any negative thoughts following the loss to New Zealand. "It (the loss) means we don't have time to think about negative thoughts, we have to regroup and take positive things into the game against Ireland," said Mortaza, after the match on Wednesday. "Playing Ireland in Ireland is always difficult, so we have to be careful and not make the mistakes we made in the first match," he added.

The Bangladesh captain felt that the inability of their set batsmen to convert their starts into big scores was the root cause for the team's failure to actually post a sizeable total. "We are not far away, three batsmen got in and got out and next time we must correct the mistakes," the skipper said.

The 33-year old didn't spare the bowlers as well and felt that taking early wickets was the key in the defence of 257. "A total of 275-280 would have been better but the bowling also has to improve. We have to take wickets early, I didn't start well but Shakib (Al Hasan) did well and Mustafizur Rehman (who had the best figures of two for 33) bowled well," he reckoned.

While Mortaza bemoaned his side's bowling, James Neesham, whose two wickets and a timely knock of 52 propelled New Zealand to victory, reckoned that they gave away extra runs in the field. "I thought we bowled better than 257 but our fielding let us down, probably cost us 20-30 runs, but the way we won the match with 15 balls to spare was ideal," Neesham said.

The left-handed batsman was involved in a 80-run stand for the fifth wicket with Neil Broom, but was dismissed with his team at the doorstep of victory. "It would have been nice to walk off not out at the end but I was pretty happy with the way chase went. It was pretty clinical and guys got time in middle as we move into the second round of matches.

"We want to go through the tournament unbeaten but the only way to do that is to take it one game at a time and we'll look to continue that run on Sunday (against Ireland)," Neesham signed off.

 

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