Asia Cup 2022: Mosaddek Hossain played well, but we needed more contributions, says Shakib Al Hasan after loss to Afghanistan
Mosaddek Hossain played well, but the team needed more contributions, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan remarked following his team’s seven-wicket loss to Afghanistan in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022.
Afghanistan was able to earn straight qualifying to the Super Four stage of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 because to a late blitz from left-hander Najibullah Zadran. In a Group B match on Tuesday, Najibullah blasted a string of sixes to help his country upset Bangladesh by seven wickets.
“It is always tough when you lose 4 wickets in the first 7-8 overs. We were in the game for the first 14-15 overs–credit to Afghanistan. In a T20 game, whoever is standing up for the team should it take it till the end. Mosaddek played well but we needed more contributions, We knew Najibullah is a dangerous batsman. We thought we had the game when they needed 60-odd in the last 6 overs. But credit to Najibullah,” said Shakib in a post-match presentation.
Coming to the match, Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first.
Despite a valiant effort from Mosaddek Hossain (48*), Afghanistan was able to hold Bangladesh to a score of 127/7 thanks to the outstanding bowling of pacer Mujeeb ur Rahman and spinner Rashid Khan.
Afghan bowlers did an excellent job of limiting Bangladesh to 53/5. Mosaddek Hossain’s (48*) and Mahmudullah’s (25) valiant strikes enabled Bangladesh to score respectably. Mujeeb Ur Rahman (3/16) and Rashid Khan (3/22) presented challenges for Bangladesh.
Afghanistan struggled to get going when trying to chase 128 and was at 65/3 with six overs left. Then, with nine balls remaining, Ibrahim Zadran (42*) and Najibullah Zadran (43*) let free and chased the target.
Bangladesh’s top bowler was Mosaddek Hossain (1/12). Saifuddin and Shakib each claimed one wicket.
Mujeeb ur Rahman was named “Man of the Match” in recognition of his game-winning performance.
On Wednesday, India will play Hong Kong in their second Asia Cup game.