Asia Cup 2022: Story could have been different had we scored above 140, says Mosaddek Hossain after loss to Afghanistan
Bangladesh batter Mosaddek Hossain remarked after his team’s seven-wicket loss against Afghanistan in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 that his team fell 10-15 runs short and that the outcome might have been different if they had scored over 140 runs.
Najibullah Zadran, a left-hander, went on a late blitz to help Afghanistan beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in Group B on Tuesday, securing straight qualification to the Super Four round of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022.
“We were 10-15 runs short. Had we scored 140 plus then maybe the story could have been different,” said Mosaddek in a press conference after the match.
Mosaddek said that playing spinners was challenging during the first 10 overs due to the wicket’s low pitch, but confronting pacers was preferable because the ball was coming neatly onto the bat.
The following game between his team and Sri Lanka will be a “do or die” one, according to Mosaddek.
“As a team, we have played well, just the batting fell short. Other than that, everything is going fine for us,” he added.
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 as 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 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.