DHAKA: Zimbabwe Vice Captain Hamilton Masakadza, man of the match Elton Chigumbura and Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan in the after-match briefing following Zimbabwe’s five wicket victory.
On how he rates this performance and plans for the next game
I think this is just the start we wanted. I would not want to change anything for the next game. I thought we went pretty well out there.
Whether there was any nervousness after losing three wickets in one over
Not really. We were already 54 at that stage and when you are chasing a low score on that wicket we just knew that one good partnership would clinch it for us.
On playing the Bangladesh spinners
Well, we started working on them since the series in Bulawayo and both teams have worked on the other. We have discussed and put a lot of emphasis onhow to tackle the spinners.
Regarding the injury to captain Prosper Utseya
He has a sprained left ankle and it doesn’t look too good at the moment. We’ll see how he goes tomorrow.
Whether this was a case of the underdogs getting one over the favourites
I guess you have to say we are the underdogs because Bangladesh are playing at home. However, I firmly believe that we are capable of beating any team if we do everything right.
How he has developed himself as Zimbabwe’s most influential player
I stay positive and work hard. It’s a matter of being consistent in the work you do and that translates into consistent performance.
Whether the wicket became easy or his positive batting made the difference at 90 for five
A bit of both. As I attacked the pressure was released and also the pitch got easier to bat on.
Shakib Al Hasan
How he looks at this defeat
We made too many mistakes. The batsmen, myself included needed to stay at the wicket. Too many wickets were lost in the early part of the innings and we never recovered. If you make that many mistakes you don’t have a chance unless the opposition makes more mistakes.
How Bangladesh can turn around from this loss
This is a nice wake up call. I definitely feel that 4-1 is possible from here if we don’t repeat the errors in this game. We are a better team than they are. I know there will be a bit of nervousness going into the next match but we just need a good start which we didn’t have today.
On the pitch
I will not say it was a 280 wicket. It is not a 180 wicket either. Something like 230-240 could have been very handy. The bottom line is we batted poorly and that cost us the game.
Once we had them five down we felt we had a genuine chance. Another wicket at that point and we would have been into the tail and Utseya (Prosper) might not have batted. But Chigumbura and Matsikenyeri (Stuart) played extremely well.