We should’ve at least scored 320: Mashrafe

We should've at least scored 320: Mashrafe

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has expressed his woes after the opening game of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 against England. He hoped a bit more runs from the batting unit. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ হারার কারণ ব্যাখ্যা করলেন মাশরাফি] 

Bangladesh played with an extra batsman at The Oval which saw a bowler short. Bangladesh wanted to see the batsmen play with freedom. The Tigers were hoping 330-340, but in the end managed 305/6.

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“Actually, we took the decision so that the batsmen could play with more freedom. The batsmen did well, but it’s true that we could have taken another bowler in the team,” Tigers skipper said at the press conference after losing to England by eight wickets.

“We wanted to see if we could score 330-340 with an extra batsman. Then even if our bowlers conceded 60 extra runs but picked up wickets we could have stayed alive. On the other hand, we felt that if we played with seven batsmen, we would have scored 260-270, which wouldn’t have been enough for a win here, even with five genuine bowlers.”

Mashrafe felt that 320 should’ve been the minimum score achieved by Bangladesh. But the back-to-back wickets of centurion Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim (79) could not make the total bigger.

“We played according to how we planned but after we lost two set batsmen (Tamim and Mushfiqur) the next few failed to score runs. We should have at least scored 320, and we would have done that if we batted properly, but we couldn’t,” he said.

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com