Mashrafe unwilling to make any excuse for defeat

Publish: 2:30 PM, February 13, 2019 | Update: 2:30:PM, February 13, 2019

DHAKA  – Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza reluctant to make any excuse for his side’s poor performance that caused an eight wicket defeat to New Zealand in the first ODI.

He was speaking at a post match presentation ceremony at Wednesday at McLean Park, Napier. The Tigers skipper said: I don’t want to tame any excuse. We need a week to adjust to the conditions. We will give our best in the next game. I think batting is a concern, but at the same time the bowling also needs some work. We did not bowl badly today but 232 is hard to defend.”

The Narail express said it was tough as they were struggling with the bat losing too many wickets at the start as New Zealand bowled well that caused losing too many wickets. On the other hand winning New Zealand captain Kane Williamson praised his boys good performance.

Williamson said: “The bowlers set the tone first up and we were able to pick the early wickets which we are always after. From thereon we were able to pick regular wickets. Bangladesh batted a long way down and made life difficult at times even when you thought you are in a position of strength. Then Martin was brilliant, fantastic hundred and everyone did their part. Something we always focus on is the attitude on the field and intensity we bring. We were good in the field, hope we back that up in the next game.”

He said it is just going back to basics of what you are trying to achieve as a group and today was a good example of that. It has been a while so will be great to have some cricket in Christchurch.