Mithun gains from positive intent

Sports Correspondent

24 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh middle-order batsman Mohammad Mithun said on Tuesday that he reaped the benefit of playing positive cricket against New Zealand in the second ODI in Christchurch.

“I just tried to play positive cricket. We all know that the New Zealand condition is difficult for us and if I bat too slowly then it will be difficult for me,” Mithun said after the match.

Mithun made a scintillating unbeaten 73 off 57 balls while skipper Tamim Iqbal made 78 runs as Bangladesh posted 271-6 after being asked to bat first in the day-night affair at Hagley Oval.

However, New Zealand chased down the target 275-5 in 48.2 overs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.

Mithun, who came at the crease in the 31st over after the departure of Tamim, ensured Bangladesh manage to score a challenging total after they got all out for 131 runs in the series opener.

Mithun, however, lamented more after the defeat.

“The way I have batted I am happy with that and hopefully it had served the purpose of the team.

“We should have defended the total but unfortunately we lost as we dropped catches at a crucial time,” he added.

Skipper Tamim praised Mithun’s batting contribution in the game and hoped he will get regular chances in the same position.

“Yes, of course, he (Mithun) played a great innings. But one thing to keep in mind is that today (Tuesday) I am talking about him because he played well. But it's not easy in the position he plays,” said Tamim.

“No matter how stable the cricketer is, if this happens to him, it will be difficult for him. You see, he got a chance with Zimbabwe and played well in two or three. After that, Shakib (Al Hasan) came back against West Indies and he did not play in all three matches. Here he is playing again,” he said.

“It is difficult for any batsman to play well in such a situation. So I am very happy that he has played such an innings and hopefully he will be able to secure his place in the XI quickly,” he added.