Asia Cup 2018: Mashrafe Mortaza lauds ‘quality’ fielding against Pakistan

first_imgBangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza lauded his fielders for putting on a brilliant show against Pakistan in their must-win game in the Asia Cup 2018 Super 4s in Abu Dhabi.The Bangladesh fielders backed their bowlers brilliantly and took some blinders to peg Pakistan back and ultimately win the game by 37 runs and qualify for the final, where they will face India on Friday at the Dubai International Stadium.It all started in the first over itself, when Rubel Hossain timed his jumped perfectly and caught the ball to send Fakhar Zaman back to the pavilion for 1 in Pakistan’s chase of 240. Mushfiqur Rahim then followed it up with a brilliant diving catch to his right to send Sarfraz Ahmed packing.But the best of the lot came from the captain itself, when he flew to his left and pulled off a blinder to get the wicket of Shoaib Malik, who was settling in well with Imam-ul-Haq and looked all set for another big knock.Pakistan vs Bangladesh: Match report | HighlightsAnd Mortaza was extremely proud of his boys.”We are proud of our fielding today. We haven’t seen such quality in a long time. Hopefully we will continue our fielding like this. I was lucky I didn’t drop that catch (Shoaib Malik catch). He was in such good form and if he didn’t get out, he would have carried on,” said Mortaza.Bangladesh are in the Asia Cup final!Mustafizur ends with a fixture-best 4/43 as Pakistan finish on 202/9, losing by 37 runs.Bangladesh will face India on Friday with the Asia Cup title on the line.#PAKvBAN SCORE https://t.co/FHksHq828g#AsiaCup pic.twitter.com/1iodHjcgIiadvertisementICC (@ICC) September 26, 2018He also praised Mushfiqur and Mohammad Mithun for their 144-run stand for the fourth wicket, that brought Bangladesh back into the game.”Mushy batted so well and Mithun also batted well,” said Mortaza.Also read – We were poor in all departments, my own performance bad: Sarfraz AhmedWhat also worked in Bangladesh’s favour was the way Mortaza rotated his bowlers and how the responded to their captain. While Mustafizur Rahman stood out by taking four wickets, the likes of Mehidy Hasan, Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar also played their part in choking the Pakistani batsmen, who could only manage 202/9 from their 50 overs.”Normally I start with the ball, but today we changed a bit with our bowling plan today. Started with Fizz and Mehidy. The bowlers have done a good job. At the end, the bowlers are brilliant,” said an elated Mortaza at the post-match awards ceremony.However, he is wary of the shortcomings and said that the side still has to improve if they want to beat India in the final of the tournament.”We still have to improve in our batting and bowling in some parts.We all know that India is a serious side and the number one side the world. We will be missing Shakib and Tamim but the boys have showed character and one match to go, and hopefully the boys will play hard,” said Mortaza before signing off.last_img read more