Dhaka, Mar 21: Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim felt his team's maiden entry to Asia Cup final was phenomenal as he termed it as their "biggest achievements" and said the team is brimming with confidence after their victories over India and Sri Lanka, to perform well in the last hurdle.
"The final is one of the biggest achievements in our cricketing history. Hopefully we will cross that hurdle. It is a great boost to have the crowd supporting you," Rahim said after his team entered the final of the Asia Cup for the first time, after beating Sri Lanka by 5 wickets through Duckworth Lewis method.
"It has been a great tournament for us. Everyone chipped in. In the tough situations there are five or six people performing in every game, and hopefully, we will continue in the final."
"We had a stiff target after the rain, but Shakib (Al Hasan) and Tamim (Iqbal) batted well. Nazmul Hossain did well, that set up the game."
Mushfiqur thanked the crowd for their unwavering support, while he also said, they boosted the confidence of the team.
"Thanks to the crowd... under pressure a big crowd behind gives big boost," he said.
After the skipper, it was Bangladesh's all rounder, Shakib-al Hasan's turn to talk about the team's performance. Adjudged the man of the match for his brilliant performance against Sri Lanka, said the team played extremely well and called it a collective effort.
"The way we expected our crowd to support us, they did exactly that. We have been consistent through the tournament. Hopefully we will put up a good show in the final," he said.
"It's a collective effort but Nazmul bowled really well upfront, he came back after two-three months, it is not easy to do well. Nasir and Mahmudullah played terrific innings, their partnership won us the game. We have found some players who can win matches for us."
With Bangladesh's recent success, Pakistan will be wary of their fighting spirit which won them accolades during this year's edition of Asia Cup as they have entered the finals of the prestigious Asia Cup for the first time in history, as hosts are looking at optimising the opportunity and eagerly waiting to play the finals against Pakistan on Thursday.