Time to celebrate – Mushfiqur
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Time to celebrate – Mushfiqur

Mushfiqur Rahim basked in Bangladesh’s first Test-series victory in five years after they completed a 3-0 whitewash of Zimbabwe.728335header

A 186-run win at Chittagong, wrapped up on Sunday, meant the hosts completed a comprehensive success over their rivals.

And the skipper was understandably delighted, urging his men to use the momentum as a catalyst to make an impression on the upcoming World Cup.

“It’s a great feeling,” he said. “The team really performed well and I am really happy.

“In this year, we have not been performing well. But the guys have stuck to their plans.

“Before the World Cup there is a couple of ODI matches and hopefully we can carry the momentum. First of all, we want to celebrate this win.”

Leading the way for Bangladesh was man-of-the-series Shakib Al Hasan, who added: “We never thought we would win 3-0 but we knew if we stuck to our plans and executed them, we would win some games.

“It will lift our team now, some new guys are coming in for ODIs. We are better side in ODIs, in Tests we are improving.”

The nature of defeat meant Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor had lots to ponder.

“It’s been frustrating but you have to give credit to Bangladesh,” says Brendan Taylor. “We fought really hard.

“Bangladesh have been professional and have made it very difficult for us to get back into the game.

“They had a quality spin attack and we were probably short in that department. It’s a different format and we want to salvage some pride.

“Our batsmen got to 60s and 80s and not converting – and with Bangladesh getting 500 – it was hard to hit back.”(Sportlive)

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