Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza feels his bowlers have to be a lot better if they want to come back in the next two matches of the ODI series against South Africa, reports Sport24.co.za.
The Proteas cruised to 10-wicket victory in the first ODI in Kimberley on Sunday - chasing a total of 279 - with openers Quinton de Kock (168*) and Hashim Amla (110*) both scoring unbeaten centuries in a record partnership.
"We have a chance to make a comeback in the next two games. It is only natural to have a lot of talk around us but the players have to fight," Mashrafe said after the game.
"We will do everything possible. The result is not coming in our favour which makes it hard to keep the positive mentality.
"I think they would have chased the total regardless, but we should have taken at least five or six wickets in the process. It may have put them under some pressure, but our bowling was just disappointing," he said.
"It will be hard for us to do well if we keep bowling this way."
The Proteas captain Faf du Plessis admitted that his team are “feeling a little sorry for the Bangladesh bowlers”, reports Iol.co.za.
"We're playing really well. Another dominating performance - that's what we asked for and they delivered. We're feeling a little sorry for the Bangladesh bowlers, they've had a hard tour, but that's what being ruthless is about,” Du Plessis said.
Du Plessis did not feel the pitch was overly good for batting, but rather that his bowlers used cunning plans to restrict the Bangladeshi batsmen during their innings.
“I thought the pitch was a little slow in the first innings, maybe the heavy roller made it better to bat on in the second innings. It was mostly to do with the wind - you try and eliminate one side of the field [bowling slower bouncers],” the skipper said.
The Proteas team management said ahead of this series that although winning the series is imperative, and without wanting to take the opposition lightly, they do want to start building towards the 2019 World Cup with new coach Ottis Gibson at the helm.
Du Plessis gave further indication that the Proteas are likely to experiment during this series, and was considering a change in the batting order when he identified the dominant position his team was in.
After being whitewashed two-nil in the Test series, the Tigers have a must-win in the next one-dayer in Paarl on Wednesday - if they are to remain alive in the three-match series.