Australia could have won the game far more comfortably against Bangladesh at Bangalore, but some reckless strokeplay delayed Australia’s victory. Skipper Steve Smith admitted that Australia were not at their best with the bat and needed to be more focused. The Australian skipper also added that if his side had to beat India, then they would have to play at their absolute best. “We have to be at our best to beat India,” said Smith when quizzed about his side’s prospect against India.
“We made it difficult for ourselves in the end. Bangladesh bowled well in the middle and took a few wickets. One of the top four needed to kick on and make it clinical. We have been losing wickets in clumps in the middle so something to work on. Pitches are different from what we are used to in the IPL where the wickets are good. Something we need to get used to,” said Smith about the game.
Leggie Adam Zampa was named the Man of the Match for his 3 wickets as he dented Bangladesh’s batting effort. “Nice to make a difference,” said Zampa. “It’s nice to get the tournament off and rolling. I’ve been playing in front of 80000 people in the BBL, so it’s something you get used to. Have played 3-4 games here now so getting used to. Have had a little bit of travel, off to Mohali now. Hopefully it’ll be nice,” the young leg spinner said.
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said that his side should have batted better in order to win the game and do well. “We knew the first six overs will be crucial,” Mortaza said. “It’s a big scoring ground. Fielding and bowling could have been better. Mahmudullah played well and also Mithun and Shakib. It’s two losses in a row but we have two matches and need to play hard and see what happens.”