Tigers ‘keeping feet on the ground’ despite maiden T20I win against Aussies

    Bangladeshi players celebrate getting a wicket against Australia in the first T20I today in Mirpur. Photo: Firoz Ahmed

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    Bangladeshi players celebrate today with the wicket against Australia in the first T20I in Mirpur. Photo: Firoz Ahmed

    Despite scoring their first T20I victory against Australia, Bangladeshi Governor Mahmoud Riyadh said they were keeping their feet on the ground as the Tigers prepare for the second T20I to be played tomorrow in Mirpur.

    “I am not above the top, we have won, he is gone,” said Mahmoudullah after Bangladesh’s 23-game winning streak in the first T20I against the Aussies.

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    Bangladesh led 1-0 in a five-game winning streak, but there is no time to be shocked by the historic victory, as the Tigers are scheduled to play the next four T20s in just six days.

    “Now is the time to focus on the next game and try to be on top of the first ball, to try and manage ourselves, to keep our feet on the ground,” added a determined Mahmudullah.

    At the slow Mirpur Stadium, the Bangladeshi winners managed to make just a small total of 131 for seven. Mahmoudullah admitted that it was 10 trains less than the equivalent score, but attributed it to the bowlers who successfully defended the lowest total of all T20s from the Tigers.

    “We had a group discussion [after the first innings] that we had 10 traits, so we should be doing well. Outstanding was great, hunger and energy were there. The bowlers executed their plans very well. “You have to have an aggressive mentality with the ball early on, that’s what we did,” revealed Mahmoudullah, how the Tigers approached the game after posting a total.

    Left arm spinner Nasum Ahmed, who made it to the T20I final against Zimbabwe last month, redeemed himself with the best bowling show of his career. The 26-year-old, playing only in the fifth of the T20I, got four wickets – which included the crucial scalps of Mitchell Marsh and Australian skipper Matthew Wade – for just 19 points in his four over.

    Nasum, who was rightly judged to be a player in the match for his efforts, said he was helped by Mahmoudullah and top ally Shakib al-Hassan during the game.

    “[Mahmudullah] Riyad bhai and Shakib [Al Hasan] bhai helped me a lot. They talked to me constantly and guided me before I went to the bowl. “I tried to execute according to their instructions,” Nasum said after the game.

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