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Bangladesh need big match mentality to win tournaments - Mashrafe Mortaza

Mashrafe Mortaza (right) reacts after the defeat to Bangladesh
Mashrafe Mortaza (right) reacts after the defeat to Bangladesh

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza stated that his team needs to be at their peak in all attributes of the game, if they are to emerge victorious a highly competitive tournament like the Champions Trophy.

For the first time in an ICC tournament, Bangladesh reached the semi-final after finishing second in Group A above teams like New Zealand and Australia.

However, they were outplayed by the defending champions India in the semi-final on Thursday at Edgbaston where they struggle to defend a target of 265 as Virat Kohli's men completed a nine-wicket victory to set up a final clash against Pakistan.

"Yeah, obviously the boys should feel pride, but I think in a tournament like this, you have to be, I think, physically or skill-wise at your peak," he said.

"Yes, we are coming up still. We need to learn so many things. But I think we need to be a little bit more ready mentally for playing this sort of match."

At one stage when Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim were going, a total of 300 runs was on the cards but Kedar Jadhav's spell in the middle dented their momentum and eventually they were restricted to 264 for seven in the 50 overs.

However, with the ball, the Bangladesh bowlers looked clueless as Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 123 while Virat Kohli also managed 96 unbeaten runs and Mortaza lamented on the inability of their new ball bowlers to create pressure upfront.

"We have to learn a bit more, how to stop runs on that sort of wicket," added Mortaza.

"We can't just be hoping to take wickets all the time, especially against a batting order like India.

"So I know we have to learn a little bit more how can we stop runs and put pressure on the opponent."

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