Mashrafe lauds performers, supporters
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has showered praise on his teammates following a thumping 137-victory against Sri Lanka in Asia Cup opener. He also thanked fans who supported Bangladesh at the ground.
Bangladesh’s win was highlighted by Mushfiqur Rahim’s marathon century, 144 off 150 and Mohammad Mithun’s fighting 63 when the Tigers were in trouble at 3/2. Mushfiqur and Mithun put on 131-stand to recover early blow.
Later on, injured Tamim Iqbal made an overwhelming entry to the ground at the fall of ninth wicket. He came out to bat with only one hand.
“Thanks to Mushfiqur and Mithun. Losing two wickets early is always pressure, but the way they batted it’s nice to see. I think the word for Tamim is that ‘people should always remember him’, the way our seniors are performing, it’s really promising,” said a delighted captain Mashrafe.
“I think we can improve a lot, the way we lose wickets, hopefully we’ll look after this very well. And also Mithun was out at the wrong time, and we could’ve made 280-290 if he wasn’t out. The fielding has to be better as well.”
A large number of Bangladeshi supporters took part at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The atmosphere made it seem like as if Bangladesh were in Mirpur although it was extreme heat in Dubai. Mashrafe was grateful to them after the match.
“I want to speak in Bangla with the fans. The way you have come to UAE to support us, the victory is for you. Thanks to all Prabashi Bengalis (Non-resident Bangladeshis),” he added.