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Mashrafe Mortaza Comes In The Defence Of Mushfiqur Rahim

“I don’t think we need to go after him, because it could happen to anybody because he was also trying hard to get him.”

After living a memorable day in the game against South Africa at the Kennington Oval, London where he played a brilliant innings of 78 runs, Mushfiqur Rahim  came under the scanner in yesterday’s match. He had a tough day in the office in Bangladesh’s second match of the World Cup against New Zealand at the very venue. He missed a run-out chance of Black Caps’ captain Kane Williamson, who got a reprieve when he wasn’t even in a double-digit score.

In the 12th over, Mushfiqur knocked off the bails with his elbow in a quest to gather a throw and attempt a run-out. Both bails were dislodged and Rahim also didn’t uproot any of the stumps to make amends. At that point in time, the Kiwi skipper was on eight and it could’ve been the Tigers’ third quick wicket after Shakib Al Hasan removed both the openers in Colin Munro and Martin Guptill.

It could happen to anybody

The missed chance cost Bangladesh to a large extent as Kane went on to score 40 off 72 balls. Moreover, he put on a stand of 105 runs with Ross Taylor, the Player of the Match, that put New Zealand on the driver’s seat. However, Mashrafe Mortaza, the Tigers’ captain who’s playing his last World Cup, backed Rahim and reckoned that mistakes are common and one shouldn’t lash out at the 31-year-old from Bogra.

“Mushi (Mushfiqur), I don’t think we need to go after him, because it could happen to anybody because he was also trying hard to get him. That throw was straight, and then as a keeper, it’s very difficult to tell if it was straight or not,” Mashrafe was quoted as saying in the post-match press conference.

“He wants to pick the ball and suddenly it hits his elbow, I guess. Those sort of mistakes always happen in the ground. So I don’t think we should go after him,” he mentioned. Mushfiqur Rahim had an off-day with the bat as well as he could only manage 19 off 35 balls before succumbing to a run-out courtesy of a mix-up with non-striker Shakib, who was playing his 200th ODI.

Bangladesh posted 244 runs but fought tooth and nail to pick up eight wickets while defending the modest score. Mashrafe also admitted that the Tigers were 20-30 runs short on a decent batting strip. “On this wicket, it will be difficult (to defend less than 250) for sure. The spin played a big part, but on this wicket, it’s difficult for any teams.

If you can’t get early wickets, especially. We were very close, a few runs short but very close. If you don’t score big, you have to take all your chances. If we could have managed to score 20 to 30 runs more than we did it would have been different,” the 35-year-old veteran added.