Chuffed Bashar waxes eloquent on bowlers

Published: Thursday, January 27, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Chittagong:Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar heaved a huge sigh of relief after his boys pulled off a 40-run win over Zimbabwe in the third ODI but was still unsatisfied with the display of his batters.

"I'm pretty disappointed with the performance of our batsmen. We don't seem to learn from past mistakes as we continue to commit the same gaffes in the middle-order. We should have had another 25-30 runs," he said.

Bashar, however singled out his bowlers for their spanking effort.

"I though they bowled brilliantly in the final ten overs. They kept the Zimbabweans on a tight leash and never quite allowed them to get away. Also, our bowling at the death was much better than in the previous matches also."

He said his opening bowlers did a splendid of keeping the visitors quiet.

"Mashrafee and Nazmul bowled with lot of discipline early on and I guess that helped us seize the initial upper hand and from thereon there was no looking back, In fact that made our job easier."

The Bangladesh skipper was now hoping that the team would play with the same intensity in the remaining two ties.

"I hope we are able to carry on with the same intensity in the last two games. We are in a must-win situation going into the next match as well. We were lucky with the toss today but if we want to win the series, we must learn to chase as well," he added.

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