A point critical for us: Mashrafe

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A point critical for us: Mashrafe

Bangladesh have escaped a big loss to Australia in the fifth game of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval as the Group A match had to be abandoned due to rain. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ “এক পয়েন্ট আমাদের জন্য অনেক গুরুত্বপূর্ণ”]

Both teams shared one point each. Bangladesh are still alive in this tournament. No doubt, Bangladesh were very lucky. Skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza thinks this point will turn out to be very crucial for them.

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“As I told in the post-match ceremony, Australia were unlucky. At the same time, we are lucky to get a point and it’s important to utilise this point properly. Still, I don’t know even if we win against New Zealand we can go through to the semis or not as it’s very critical. I think this point is very lucky for us as the game was totally in favour of Australia,” he said.

“May be even if they hadn’t scored a run and the game was played till the 20th over, they would have won. Obviously it was fortunate for us. So we were happy to get the point at the end honestly.”

He revealed that the players were hoping for a point and wanted to lengthen the time. Australia were left stranded at 86/1 in 16 overs.

“To be honest after 16 overs when it was raining I was thinking whether the umpires will continue the game for the next two or three overs as I had no idea if the match will be stopped or not. When the drinks break was called and the game was stopped, still we didn’t know if we would continue.

“Eventually the game did not take place. But yes, we knew that it might rain around 6:30pm or 7pm (local time). With that said, there is no point in waiting for that as we had to carry on with the game. I should not say such things here but obviously it was in our minds to take as much time as we can before 20 overs and lengthen the game. So I had to replace [Mehedi Hasan] Miraz after bowling him for one over to stretch the game for as long as we can,” he added.

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com