Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim was thrilled with the spirit shown by his boys as they recorded a historic four wickets win over Sri Lanka, which is their first victory against the Asian side in the longest format. The visitors set a target of 191 to level the two-match Test series 1-1 at P. Sara Oval on Sunday.
The skipper told the media, “It feels great to complete this victory and level the series. We showed a lot of character throughout the Test match after a bitter defeat in Galle. The boys really stepped up under pressure. If you look at the last few series, we have played good cricket.”
Man of the Match Tamim Iqbal (82) and Sabbir Rahman (41) shared a 109-run partnership for the third wicket to put Bangladesh in a commanding position ( 132/2) but Sri Lanka fought back in the game by picking up three quick wickets and reducing them to 162/5.
Mushfiqur further added, “I have never faced such a situation in Test cricket. It is new for us to chase in this type of wicket on the fifth day. We needed a 50-plus opening stand, but Tamim and Sabbir really made it easy for us with their 100-plus stand. But no opposition would let us have it easy. We had the belief in the end stages, though unfortunately, we lost Shakib. We had Mosaddek and Mehedi, and we thought we could do it in singles.”
The skipper revealed that he was a bit nervous when the on-field umpire S. Ravi was given him out leg before wicket to Dilruwan Perera that time he was on 11 and Bangladesh was 167/6 but the decision was overturned after Mushfiqur successfully reviewed it.
He said, “I was a bit nervous when he had given me out and was a bit wary of taking the review as it may have been needed for latter batsmen. But it went well for us, and we got a lot of out this game.”
Rehman also requested to the ICC to keep all the technologies to be offered if there is the Decision Review System, which has always been a part of the debate as there was not the Snickometer or the hot spot, which is fundamental tools to detect edges by batsmen.
Mushfiqur further added on this, “There was no hot spot or Snickometer. I would like to request to the ICC to keep all the technologies available if there is DRS. We can play according to the spirit of the cricket in that case, and the work for the third umpire also becomes easier.”
The Bangladesh captain said that he is happy to see the improvement of his team. Mushfiqur concluded, “What made me happy was how we understood the value of the match even when we were ahead or behind in the game. We tried to understand the value of a run, a misfield. Giving away runs in the first innings may not seem much at the time, but it comes back to hurt you at the end of the day. We tried to recognise these small things. Fact that we realised each and every bit of it was quite impressive. The batsmen and bowlers played with responsibility, which made it a happy moment.”