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Mushfiqur blames it on batsmen

Dhaka: Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim blamed inept batting as the reason for their loss to India on Friday.

“Nothing is going our way… The batsmen have failed to show character. The batsmen have to build on the starts. They are throwing their wickets away and that is hurting us,” the Bangladesh captain said after the match.

“We need to play smart cricket. Hopefully we can show some improvement in the coming matches.”

“After you lose a couple of wickets, you need to preserve the wickets while rotating the strike. Mind you, India do have some great spinners and it is not easy score boundaries off them. So you need to take singles and twos.

“We thought a score of 150-plus would be a good total on this pitch… Unfortunately, we ended up below 140. We are still working hard. Two more games to go, so hopefully we can take some positives from them.”

Rahim said he wasn’t worried about the lack of form of Shakib-al Hasan. “It’s only a matter of time before Shakib starts getting runs. We need our top-order to score runs and that is important.”

He said he wasn’t thinking of quitting because of the losses. “I always enjoy captaincy. We have to overcome the problems… I don’t want to desert the ship in bad times.”