Mahmudullah: Batting is a concern for Bangladesh

"Our batting has been a concern for us, hopefully we’ll learn from our mistakes today and look to deliver in the next few matches," Mashrafe Mortaza said after his team, Bangladesh, dismissed UAE for 82 to take a 51-run win in the Asia Cup.

Shakib Al Hasan was one of the key men of the batting order who were dismissed cheaply in Bangladesh's innings of 133 for 7.   -  AP

Bangladesh might have comfortably defeated UAE by 51 runs but skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said its batting was a concern after it could only post a modest 133 for 8. There was not much to write home about host Bangladesh’s batting as opener Mohammed Mithun (47 off 41 balls) and Mahmudullah (36 off 27 balls) emerged as the only contributors of note.

“Our batting has been a concern for us, hopefully we’ll learn from our mistakes today and look to deliver in the next few matches,” Mortaza said after his team dismissed UAE for 82 in 17.4 overs.

"We were looking for 150 on this wicket, Mahmudullah played sensibly, the last over was good for us. We needed early wickets and we got it, and the game was on from there on. We got a good seam attack; outside of this team, there are 2-3 more. They are young and have many years to serve Bangladesh cricket. I’m very close to finish, and do my best till I can,” he added.

Batting a worry for UAE too

His UAE counterpart, Amjad Javed, also rued his team's missed opportunities and blamed the batsmen for the defeat. “We are making a habit of this, bowling out teams for 135, but we’ll go back and look at our batting and come back strong after fixing the batting problem. Playing against India and Pakistan will be a learning curve for us,” he said.

Mahmdullah, who scored 36 runs and took two wickets, was adjudged the Man of the Match. “I’m always waiting for my zone to get the ball, if I get the ball I’ll go for it. If I bat at 6 or 7, I have to finish the match. So I play the role of a finisher,” he said.