Despite a score of just under 300 thanks to Mushfiqur Rahim’s ton, Bangladesh were blown away by Quintin de Kock & Hashim Amla’s sensational partnership as Soutg Africa beat the visitors by 10 wickets. Bangladesh’s ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza blamed his bowlers’ harmless bowling display for the huge loss.
Mortaza said, “It was a 280-plus wicket but we could have defended it had we taken early wickets and created pressure from both sides. But this was beyond our expectation, how we couldn’t take a wicket. I am sure all the bowlers will think about what had happened. It will be hard for us to do well if we keep bowling this way. We have to make a comeback from this.” Mortaza added, “What we missed today was pressure from both ends, especially in the middle overs but we couldn’t do it from start till end. You have to bowl in partnerships more in ODIs. You can’t keep leaking runs from one side because the one who is bowling well then can be taken for ones and twos.”
Mashrafe also addressed that The Fizz may be our for the series. He said, “Mustafizur is probably out of the series from the time he got hurt yesterday. We waited for Tamim till the last moment but the physio didn’t want to take a risk”. But Mortaza remains optimistic for the last two ODIs. He said, “Our body language didn’t reflect anything untoward when we started the day. We batted almost as planned; Shakib and Mushfiqur took responsibility by performing their roles properly. We are doing everything possible. The result is not coming in our favour to keep mentality positive. I think they would have chased the total regardless but we should have taken at least five or six wickets in the process. It may have put them under some pressure but our bowling was just disappointing.” The second ODI will be played on 18th October at Paarl.