“Clearly, it was tough to defend 305 on this track. They are one of the favourites in this tournament. They have a batting depth of ten to eleven,” he said.
Mushfiqur felt 25-30 runs short on Oval track. He also felt the absence of off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz.
“We were 25-30 runs short on this wicket. We had one bowler short as well. Miraz wasn’t playing. So, we had to bowl out ten overs with Soumya, Sabbir and Mosaddek.”
The Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman praised the batting style of England’s Joe Root, who scored a magnificent 133. He hopes Bangladesh will come up with different plans in their next game against Australia at The Oval.
“As I said, we were 25-30 runs short. We couldn’t put pressure on Root and Hales. Root was just tremendous. He didn’t play any risky shot. He hit four (actually six) fours on his way to hundred. The wicket was pretty good to bat on. We need to come up with different plans against Australia,” he said.
Mushfiqur got out in a position when Tamim Iqbal was sent back for 128. He hit Liam Plunkett straight to long-on just after Tamim’s dismissal. He felt that he didn’t execute his shot properly.
“We still needed 330+ runs. But Tamim got out. I couldn’t execute my shot on the next ball. It was there to be hit, but I couldn’t execute my shot. I needed to stay till the end. But unfortunately, I couldn’t,” he explained.
“We needed someone to chip in at the latter part of the innings. Sabbir (Rahman) played well. But some other guys were needed to score runs. 305 was not safe,” he added.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com