Mushfiqur Rahim’s superb knock of 99 backed up by a four-wicket haul from Mustafizur Rahman helped the Bangla Tigers beat Pakistan by 37 runs and seal the final berth in the finals of the 2018 Asia Cup.
But it seems like Rahim is not bothered about missing out on a century considering his team defeated the Men in Green in the virtual semi-final yesterday to book a final date with India.
Mushfiqur said, “To be honest, after winning, I am not hurting anymore. I don’t know how much you know about this, but I always believe that the team comes first. If I scored a century, and we scored 260 but lost the match, I would not have felt good. This is just lip service, but comes from my heart.”
Mushfiqur, who was named the Man of the Match for his amazing knock heaped praise on Mithun and said he was lucky to have Mithun’s support during his inning.
“With the new ball and the quality that Pakistan had, we knew we could lose the early wickets, but it was very important I kept believing in myself because I was in great touch and also Mithun, I thought he played really well. When we were out there, I told Mithun that we need a partnership and the wicket is really good, so we can catch the run-rate later, but we should make sure that we dig in the first ten overs,” Rahim said.
When asked what motivated him during his inning, Mushfiqur shared that his captain’s “motivational” words inspired him and the whole team to do well.
“Mashrafe bhai told us one thing. We talked about one thing: when at war, you don’t look back. Either kill or be killed – one or the other. So that was a huge inspiration because when you are at war, you don’t look at who your captain is, who’s there or not there.”
Bangladesh got to 239, and with Mustafizur Rahman and Mehidy Hasan picking up 6 wickets between them, the opposition were kept to 202/9, sealing a 37-run win.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar