Pakistan vs Bangladesh Super 4 – It’s yet another India-Bangladesh final at the Asia Cup! The result might show that it was a 37-run victory for Bangladesh, but Pakistan, led by Imam and Asif, fought hard for the most part. Both teams suffered early with the bat, with the pacers taking wickets up front to rattle batting orders, but eventually, it will be Mushfiqur’s 99 that will stand out on the scorecard. That inning was the difference today. The Bangladesh fans are delighted. BCB chief Nazmul Hassan congratulates his boys.
Sarfraz Ahmed, the losing captain talks at the presentation: “Not feeling good, but the performance wasn’t good. As a captain of Pakistan Cricket team, I didn’t do well. So I think as a team and as a captain, I didn’t lead well. We didn’t field well, our batting collapsed and as a team, we didn’t do well in any department. Fakhar was our main player, Shadab and Nawaz had opportunities, but we need to play well if we need to win against good teams. Our batting collapse hurt us. Shaheen is our plus point.”
Mashrafe Mortaza, the winning captain talks: “I think we changed our sequence a bit. Usually, I open the bowling, but today we started with Miraz. The bowlers did a good job, especially when we didn’t get the runs. But Mushi and Mithun batted really well. We can be proud of our fielding today. Long time we haven’t seen this quality of fielding in our time, so hopefully, the boys can understand the value of good fielding. We still need to improve a bit of our batting and bowling. I was lucky that I didn’t drop my catch, because Shoaib Malik was in such good form, but all over the fielding was really good. We always know that India is a serious side. We don’t have Shakib and Tamim but hopefully, the boys can show their character on Friday.”
Mushfiqur Rahim, the Man of the Match of Virtual Semi-Final: “It was important I kept believing in myself. And Mithun batted brilliantly too. I told him that we need to dig in after the early wickets. Credit goes to the way I practice and my preparation. That gives me confidence. I’m taking the right decisions more often.”
Congratulation Bangladesh for making it to Final. They made it without their two best players Tamim and Shakib.