POST TIME: 22 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
A place in top 4 still possible: Mashrafe
Sports Reporter, Dhaka

A place in top 4 still possible: Mashrafe

Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said that they still have chances of reaching the top four spot of the ICC Cricket World Cup in the United Kingdom (UK) despite losing to Australia on Thursday. Actually the equation for the Tigers has been toughened after tasting a 48-run loss to defending champions. As of now, they have to triumph the remaining three matches on the trot alongside waiting for the result of the other matches.

Of course, the Tigers captain said that they want to win those matches and try their utmost best to triumph though it’ll be difficult for them. “You never know what can happen in the next. Still it’s possible to get through,” said Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.

“What we can do is trying our best and win those three matches. For this we have to toil hard. Let’s see what happens,” Mashrafe told media after the high-octane match on Thursday. “It’s going to be difficult. If we win we still have to look at what’s going on in other matches. But it’s important from our side what even happens we have to finish those matches well. We’ve to go ahead taking it one game at a time,” he added.

The chances Bangladesh missed to seize in the crucial World Cup match against defending champions Australia at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham that fall them trouble, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said. Regretting those full and half chances, Bangladesh skipper Masharafe also said that the match result as well as their World Cup would be different if they could capitalize those chances of the fixture.    

“We could have created some chances which should have been grabbed in such type of match. Rather we should have converted half-chances into full chances. If we could have taken those opportunities then the result of the match as well as our World Cup would be different,” Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said.

“David Warner scored over 150 runs late on. We had other chances of catch and run-outs in the match. Overall, the fielding of the team was very worse. For this we have to concede additional runs,” Mashrafe told media after their 48-run loss.

Bangladesh launched their feisty chase in reply to a humongous 382-run victory target but chipped in with 333-8 to yield to their third defeat in six outings. On-song opener David Warner, dropped on 10 at backward point by Sabbir Rahman, clouted 166 off 147 and stitched together a blistering 121 with Aaron Finch (53) for the opening stand that based the ground for Australia’s unconvincing total of 381-5.  The Tigers captain said that their worse bowling at death over made all the different of the match.

He thinks that Bangladesh bowling was so good till 40 overs and then Australian batsmen scored a mountain of runs by launching their batting storm that made the difference. “You all know well what happens after getting a good start….I think, we have given 40-50 more runs during our fielding especially after 40 overs,” he said.

“If it hadn’t happened, the chase of target would be different. Mindset of the batsmen would be different. But we’ve to give credit to David Warner and other Australian batsmen,” he continued.

“When we were batting, Mushfiq, Shakib and Tamim do batting well. Towards the end, Mahmudullah Riyad was very good. Tamim in association with Shakib was taking the team ahead after Soumya’s run-out.—-It’s true that it’s really tough to win chasing 382 runs.”

Bangladesh are languishing at fifth on 10-team standings with five points off six matches. After losing this match against Aussies, the Tigers’ semifinals passage has mostly been toughen.