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We did not expect to win by such big margins: Mashrafe Mortaza

Upbeat after handing out back-to- back humiliating defeats to India, Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has credited the success to his side’s “fearless approach” and acknowledged that the team did not expect to win by such big margins.

After beating India by 79 runs in the opening match, Bangladesh outplayed the visitors by six-wickets in the second of the three ODIs to clinch their maiden series win against the Asian giants. Mortaza could not hide his excitement after the historic achievement.

“It is one of the biggest achievements actually. I think the boys are really confident. Maybe we didn’t expect to win that way. But we were always going to play to win and fight till the last ball and obviously I know that if we play our best cricket, it will be competitive and we can win as well. I will say that a lot of luck was also involved,” said Mashrafe in the post-match conference.

The inspirational Bangladesh allrounder expressed his satisfaction over the success but cautioned the team to maintain consistency.

“Look, consistency was our biggest problem. At the moment things are going well for us and I hope it will continue. In cricket, momentum is very important. Hopefully the boys will keep it up.

“There were a lot of challenges in the last 15 years but keeping this form is going to be a greater challenge for us. I think it’s a good pressure. When you win everything comes out well. Hopefully the boys will now deliver regularly,” he said.

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