DHAKA: Bangladesh vice captain Masrafe Bin Mortaza looks ahead to the second match of the Grameenphone Series tomorrow (Wednesday).
MASRAFE BIN MORTAZA
The mood in the team after the loss against Zimbabwe in the first match
Obviously we are all disappointed but two matches still remain and everyone is focused on coming back strongly in the series by winning those two matches.
On why he hasn’t bowled in the third powerplay overs
In the last two matches the situation didn’t allow me to bowl in the third powerplay. We needed breakthroughs and the captain trusted me to get the breakthroughs. Also, both were low-scoring matches and we knew that we had to get early wickets or we didn’t stand a chance. Those were not matches where you plan for overs 40-50 and you have to throw all your aces upfront and you can’t keep overs in hand. In the final against Sri Lanka Sangakkara and Mahroof were batting when they were five down and I had to bowl to get a wicket. Yesterday also the Zimbabweans were five down and if I had taken a wicket at that point we would surely have won. Maybe in normal circumstances Shakib (Al Hasan) and I would be bowling in the third powerplay.
What he expects from the batsmen
I have seen that they have remained positive. They are eager to have a good outing tomorrow and I think they should be bat well against Zimbabwe because people like Tamim (Iqbal) and Zunaed (Siddique) have played against the world’s best bowling attacks not so long ago and have done well.
How Bangladesh should approach this must-win game
We strongly believe that if we play well then we should be beating Zimbabwe. We are all just as disappointed as the whole nation but there’s no point thinking about what has happened because that can upset your game plan and focus. At our best we are a pretty dangerous side and we are determined to do well tomorrow.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Mehrab Hossain Jr., Mohammad Ashraful (Captain), Roqibul Hassan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (Wicketkeeper), Naeem Islam, Mahmud Ullah Riyad, Masrafe Bin Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Hossain. 12th Man – Mahbubul Alam
Zimbabwe (From): Prosper Utseya (Captain), Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer, Keith Dabengwa, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Christopher Mpofu, Tawanda Mupariwa, Forster Mutizwa, Raymond Price, Edward Rainsford, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Tatenda Taibu (Wicketkeeper), Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams