Mashrafe casts aside Mushfiqur’s wicket keeping flaws in NZ defeat
Bangladesh were in breathing close to what could be their second successive win in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 when they pushed New Zealand back in the edge of the cliff at the Kennington Oval in London on Wednesday.
But at the end of the day, the Kiwis sighed with relief having a 2 wicket win and a whole lot of ifs and buts are travelling among team Bangladesh. Mushfiqur errored an easy opportunity to run Ross Taylor out, who, eventually, took the game away from Bangladesh with a prolific half century.
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza also pointed out to that mark, reckoning it as the turning point of the match but did not criticize Mushfiqur for the catastrophe.
The skipper said, “The turning point, I think (was) that run-out. Because both Williamson and Taylor get set in that time.”
Like a prodigious leader of a team, Mashrafe tried hard to defend the wicket keeper saying,
“Mushi, I don’t think we need to go after him. That throw was straight, and then as a keeper, it’s very difficult to decide if it was straight or not.”
“He wants to pick the ball and suddenly it hits his elbow, I guess. That sort of mistake always happens. It’s part of the game. It happened. No one wants to make mistake,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mortaza assessed Bangladesh were 20 to 30 runs short.
“We were 20-30 short with the bat and the outfield was slow. It was the same wicket that we played the last game. We lost too many wickets in the middle overs and couldn’t get any big partnership. We needed a set batsman in the middle overs, but in the end it got tight and if you want to win matches you need to get wickets,” Mashrafe said.