Mashrafe pleased with Tigers’ fightback

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Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza was thrilled with his side's whitewash over Pakistan, having won the third ODI by eight wickets, and was pleased with the way the bowlers fought back early on.

Pakistan got off to a strong start, with the openers putting on a 91-run stand and Azhar Ali going on to make a century. But the Tigers triggered a collapse and Pakistan were all out for 250 and lost handsomely from there.

Mortaza, who took two wickets himself, said: "From a professional point of view, the happiness comes from seeing the team come out of a tough situation. There was a time in this game when it seemed they would score more than 300 runs, but we turned the game around.

"Every time we turn around in this manner, we are most likely to win the match.

"It is natural for the captain to get credit when the team does well. The players have been wonderful. A captain can't really change how a player goes about his work. He can only guide them.

"Now the players think that they will work even harder. We can change more. We are yet to be complete performers. But if we keep performing in this manner, we can continue to go up."

The skipper went on to praise opening batsman Soumya Sarkar, who scored a lovely 127 not out, his maiden ton, as he led the side to victory, having played only a handful of matched for the Tigers.

Mashrafe added: "He batted sensibly today. It is important to remain yourself when you know that you haven't made full use of your starts in the previous two games. Credit to him for batting the way he does.

"But this is just the start of his career. I hope he goes very far, but only if he plays like this and works hard."

The sides will play a one-off T20 on Friday, followed by a Test series.

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