New Delhi, Nov 3 : After registering their first ever victory over India in T20Is here on Sunday, Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah said that their bowling and fielding gave them the impetus to chase down the target successfully.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim slammed a brilliant unbeaten half-century as Bangladesh chased down the 149-run target with three balls and seven wickets to spare. The historic victory was all the more special as it came without the services of star Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal and talismanic all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.
“I think it was all based on how we started. The bowlers did a great job and everyone chipped in. I think we fielded really well and that gave us the momentum going into the run chase,” Mahmudullah said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
As many as eight players rolled their arms for Bangladesh at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, which meant that pacer Mustafizur Rahman got just two overs in the innings. It turned out to be a winning move with India managing a modest total of 148/6.
“I think captaincy was made easy because of the boys, who performed really well. I know that Fizz (Mustafizur) is one of our key bowlers, but I think the others were needed because of the prevailing conditions,” he said.
The skipper was all praise for Mushfiqur Rahim, who remained unbeaten on 60 (43 balls, 4×8, 6×1) to fashion his team’s victory.
“Mushy (Mushfiqur) was really good and had a good partnership with Soumya (Sarkar). I think Mohammad Naim deserves a mention as well. He played really well on debut,” Mahmudullah said.
The second T20I of the three-match series will be played in Rajkot on November 7.