After a historic win against New Zealand, former Bangladesh captain Shakib AI-Hasan said that as his side has come a long way forward and looking to carry with good results.
After defeated New Zealand by five wickets with 16 balls remaining, Shakib said at the post-match presentation ceremony. “Winning a match in an ICC tournament is a big thing and we have come a long way in the last two years. From here on we can only go forward.”
Bangladesh, chase 266 to keep their hopes alive in the tournament, was reduced to 33 for 4 in the first 12 overs. Shakib and Mahmudullah dropped anchor and began to continue an innings left in tatters by New Zealand pacers, Adam Milne, Trent Boult and Tim Southee.
Both started counter attack with a four each in the 13th over. Mahmudullah gear up and smashed James Neesham over the midwicket for a six and a four.
Talking about his partnership with Mahmudullah, former captain said “As Mahmudullah said, we did not talk much. We just said ‘keep going’. We did not think of the target and just wanted to bat 40 overs and see where we were. The good thing was that we handled the swinging ball well and when there were balls to hit, we hit them.”
Mahmudullah said about Shakib view, “The best part was that we did not talk too much. We were just batting and enjoying each other’s company out in the middle. It was a struggle in the earlier part where we stayed calm when the ball was swinging. Once it stopped it became easier and credit to Shakib for the way he batted.”
Mashrafe Mortaza was happy about his side performance; he said “It’s a great feeling. Both times I’ve been here (talking about the wins in Cardiff). First, against Australia. And now New Zealand. Overall we are very much satisfied.”