Mushfiqur Rahim    Getty Images
Mushfiqur Rahim Getty Images

On Wednesday, Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim hailed his team s self-belief after they beat Australia by 20 runs in the first Test at Mirpur. Australia were 156 runs away from a win with a well-set David Warner and Steven Smith at the crease, but Shakib Al Hasan s 5-wicket haul (10 in the match) dented the visitors hopes. We were confident, Mushfiqur told reporters on Wednesday. They were in front but we always knew that we have to pick two wickets to get hold of the match. We fought with them in equal measures for four days. The wicket was assisting the spinners and apart from those two at the top, no one had the experience to play in this condition. So we had the belief. Even when Cummins hit those two sixes, I knew we just needed one good ball to clinch the victory. ALSO READ: Steven Smith: We are not learning from past mistakes

Last year, Bangladesh created history when they beat England for the first time in Tests and the side took inspiration from the win. Mushfiqur also added that it was an extremely difficult wicket to bat on. “Naturally we took the inspiration from the win against England. The way it (pitch) was behaving we knew that if we can bowl in the right areas, chances will come eventually. We had 3 world class spinners in our team, who can create those chances and our fielders need to take those ones. For a new man this wicket will always be difficult to bat on,” he added.

Praising the side’s aggression, Mushfiqur made a bold statement and said, “Naturally they had aggression but we were aggressive too. Not only with bat and ball, but with our body language as well. When there were six minutes left before lunch, Maxwell tried to take time so that they don’t face an extra over. Australia, who try to dominate world cricket had gone on the back foot and were afraid to face an extra over.”

Praising his stalwart all-rounder Shakib, who scored 84 and took a 10-for, Mushfiqur said, “Naturally our spinners can do much better than they did and it would release pressure from Shakib.”