Mortaza hails Bangladeshi achievement


Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza believes their ODI series win over India is one of the biggest achievements in the nation's short cricketing history and praised their aggressive style of play.

The Tigers took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series with India after strolling to a comfortable six-wicket win in the second ODI in Dhaka on Sunday.

Mustafizur Rahman starred with the ball, adding a six-wicket haul to the five he took in the first game to cap off a remarkable introduction to international one-day cricket.

From his two caps he has taken 11 wickets, bowling at an average of 8.45 runs per wicket at an economy rate of just 4.81 runs an over.

His success is down to accurate and disciplined bowling, but was helped by the aggressive brand of cricket Bangladesh have committed to this series and it is something Mortaza hopes to see continue.

"I think the boys are playing fearless cricket," Mashrafe said after the game. "This is the significant change. The boys are not scared to play shots.

"They are not scared to put the slips on so I think that sort of cricket has changed. Cricket is all about mind games.

"I think we are all playing good cricket at the moment, especially with our head in the right place.

"So the thing that I wanted to tell the bowlers is that when I didn't move the fielders they were taking a few calculative risks. Luckily we survived and on maximum days our plan is to play aggressive cricket."

The skipper went on to dub the country's first ever series win over India as one of their biggest achievements, while admitting the ease with which they won both matches did come as a surprise.

"This is one of the biggest achievements," he added. "Actually I think the boys are really confident. Maybe we didn't expect [to win] that way, but we always thought that we are going to play to win and fight till the last ball.

"Obviously I know that if we play our best cricket, it will be competitive, but we can win as well. I will say that a lot of luck was involved."