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Mashrafe Mortaza: Bangladesh could have been tighter

Bangladesh's batsmen were well short in defeat to New Zealand at the World T20, but Mashrafe Mortaza took the positives from defeat.

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Captain Mashrafe Mortaza feels that Bangladesh's mindset with the bat may have been different if they could have restricted New Zealand to 10 or 15 fewer runs in Saturday's World Twenty20 battering.

Mustafizur Rahman's tournament-best 5-22 restricted New Zealand to 145-8 at Eden Gardens, but Bangladesh posted their lowest T20 score of 70 in a poor chase.

However, skipper Mortaza believes if his side were a little tighter with the ball Bangladesh's batsmen may have played differently.

"Obviously, for batters it makes it very difficult when the ball is coming up and down like it was," he said. 

"I think it could have been 10 or 15 runs shorter and then the batters mindset might have been different. It was very tough."

However, Mortaza says it was not all doom and gloom for Bangladesh, who exit the competition without a win in the Super 10 phase, and praised Mustafizur's showing with the ball.

"I think there are a lot of positives to take, like Mustafizur's five wickets," he added. 

"His cutter is very difficult. He can bowl two different kinds of that. It's difficult to gage, our batters also struggle in the nets."

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