Tuesday 20 January 2009 

There's No Point Looking Back - Mashrafe Mortaza

There's No Point Looking Back - Mashrafe Mortaza
There's No Point Looking Back - Mashrafe Mortaza
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Bangladesh fast bowler and vice-captain Mashrafe Mortaza says his side are determined to put their two-wicket loss at the hands of Zimbabwe behind and look forward to the remaining two matches in the series.

"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," he said.

"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."

Mortaza explained that in an ideal situation, he and left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan would be bowling in the third Power Plays, chosen by the batting side, but with such low scores being put on the board, their hand is being forced.

"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."

And after the top order failed again against Zimbabwe, Mortaza remains confident that they will put on some runs in the second ODI, which takes place tomorrow.

"I have seen that they have remained positive," he added. "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."

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