‘Shakib-Mahmudullah parternship was phenomenal’

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'Shakib-Mahmudullah parternship was phenomenal'

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has praised the cricketers for their performances against New Zealand in a stunning victory at Swalec Stadium, Cardiff on Friday.

When Bangladesh were 33/4, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad took the game away from New Zealand with a record 224-run partnership. 200+ partnership was out of Mashrafe’s thoughts, but he knows that it was phenomenal.

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“To be honest at that time, it was very difficult. But once the partnership got to 100 I started to believe because I knew that these two can make the difference as they have a lot of times. But I never thought that they will have more than a 200 partnership. That was phenomenal,” he said at the post-match press conference.

“We knew Tamim wasn’t going to get a score every day. That’s exactly what happened today. And we knew that we have some extraordinary players. I knew that Shakib and Mahmudullah could make a difference. We have the players, we knew that, and 266 we knew that it was gettable but after being 33 for 4 it was hard,” he added.

Mosaddek Hossain took three wickets for 13 runs in his three overs at the death to bring collapse in New Zealand line-up. Skipper believes he hs the ability to change the game.

“You see that most of the days he bowls maybe three overs only and can change the game. He’s a youngster and can also bat really well.”

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Mashrafe feels this win will help Bangladesh move forward in future.

“We have been improving over the last three years and performances like this really help us move forward,” said the Tigers skipper.

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com