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Tone set for rest of WC: Mortaza

Tone set for rest of WC: Mortaza
After Bangladesh notched up a formidable 267, the skipper came out with a fiery opening spell as he and Rubel Hussain picked up early wickets and eventually bowled Afghanistan out for 162, beating them by 105 runs.

“My father is here, my uncle is here... it is a great moment. Definitely, the first match is important and we have set the tone,” said Mortaza who took three wickets for 20 runs from nine overs.

The captain also praised the partnership of Rahim and Shakib and added that he was happy they coped with the pressure. “We had a reasonable start. Mushy (Mushfiqur Rahim) and Shakib (Al Hasan) were brilliant. It was that kind of match where you have some pressure. I am happy we adapted,” he said.

Nabi blames losing early wkts for loss

Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi rued losing too many wickets upfront as the main cause for their loss against Bangladesh on Wednesday.

“We lost too many wickets early, but Nawroz and Sami batted well. Not a good start in the World Cup,” said Nabi at the post match presentation ceremony. The 30-year-old credited his bowlers for their performance and also praised Bangladesh batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan.

“First 35 overs we bowled well, especially fast bowlers but Mushfiqur and Shakib played very well and took the score to 260. We hope to play well in the next match,” he said.
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