Mashrafe Mortaza: Our fielding and bowling let us down today

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza reflects on his team’s loss to Sri Lankan in the World Cup match on Thursday.

Q: Mashrafe, your impressions on how Bangladesh bowled and fielded? On your bowling there were a couple of chances very early on throughout. Your impressions on how you guys did on the field?

Mashrafe Mortaza (MM): Drop catches cost us, but it happens in cricket. As a bowling unit we were not up to the mark today. Hopefully the next game we’ll come up with good things.

Q: Going into the match, there was some talk that this could be a close game and this could be a chance for Bangladesh to win against Sri Lanka in a World Cup. Did the expectations and the pressure of the occasion get to your team?

MM: Not really. There was no pressure. I think the boys didn’t take any pressure. Of course, the expectations were there, but at the same time our focus was to play good cricket, which we couldn’t.

Q: But did you expect the team to win today?

MM: Definitely. We will go for win in the next game.

Q: There were high expectations today. You’d made a good start to the tournament. How big a setback is today, especially with the way you played?

MM: Definitely chasing 330 is not easy. Still, we have good chance. We have three matches left, so hopefully we’ll do something in the next match.

Q: Do you think Bangladesh team took too much of a risk against the Afghanistan game which slowed down their reflex in the field?

MM: Not really. I think the bowlers have been training, net training. I think that wasn’t a problem.

Q: The team seemed very spirited after getting three points from the first two games, especially the display on the field surprised us, too. Can you explain if the occasion got to you, playing at the MCG. It’s such a big ground, is it difficult to just understand the ground? What happened?

MM: Can’t give ground as an excuse. Yes, it was disappointing on the field today, but it’s happens. It’s very difficult to explain.

Q: Is there any reason why Shakib and Rahim batted No. 6 and No. 7 when they are your main batsmen?

MM: No, there are no reasons. Shakib should bat five. But Mominul was because we lost two wickets earlier, so we sent Mominul to get a good partnership. But once again, Mominul failed.

Courtesy: ICC