Bangladesh left-arm pacer Shoriful Islam said he has been enjoying himself in the partnership with Mustafizur Rahman. The young pacer posed a strong challenge to the Australian batting line-up in the ongoing five-match T20I series.
Bangladesh won the first three matches and wrapped up the series. But they conceded a defeat in the fourth match. Now the Tigers are set to take on the Aussies in the fifth and final match of the series on Monday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
“Everyone in our team is doing their parts well,” Shoriful told the media on Sunday. “Nothing is left on a specific player. Instead of that, everyone is playing their own rules accurately, which eventually is making us a stronger team.”
In the first match of the series, Bangladesh had put only 131 runs while batting first. Despite a low score, the hosts managed to win the match by 23 runs. In the second match, they had chased down a target of 122 runs with five wickets in hand, and in the third match, they defended a total of 127 runs and won by 10 runs.
The winning streak came to an end in the fourth match when the hosts ended up scoring only 104 runs while batting first. They still fought valiantly and lost in the 19th over.
“We knew that the wicket of Mirpur will help the spinners a lot. So we (the pace bowlers) have prepared ourselves keeping that in mind. We thought the cutters and slowers would work better on this sort of surface. This is why we bowled more cutters and slowers that resulted in wins as well,” Shoriful, who took seven wickets in four matches in this series, added.
“I always try to learn from Mustafiz, follow the way he delivers his cutters. I tried those delivers in the nets, but I need to work on those more to have the confidence to bring those to international cricket,” Shoriful further added.
Shoriful paired up with Mustafiz in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup earlier. He also played with Mustaiz in the Dhaka Premier Divison T20 Cricket League, and now the left-arm pacers are playing for the national team together. Shoriful said he has been enjoying the company of Mustafiz.
“Mustafiz is so fast to read the batsmen. He is a more experienced bowler than me. He often comes to me in the match and advises me how to bowl well. Sometimes, I also go to him and take his advice which helps me a lot,” Shoriful added.