Bangladesh put in a superb performance with both the bat and ball as they defeated West Indies by seven wickets in Taunton, and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza believes the game turned in their favour once Andre Russell was dismissed for a duck by Mustafizur Rahman.
The left-arm pacer removed the big-hitting Russell in the 40th over to put the brakes on the Windies innings, post which they lost track and were restricted to 321.
“I think the turning point was the two wickets that Mustafizur got - Russell getting out in the first over,” Mortaza said after the match.
Once the bowlers had done their bit, Bangladesh, who have an experienced batting lineup, saw the chase through without much ado.
“Shakib (Al Hasan) has delivered for the team in this World Cup. Hopefully, he will keep going and the rest of the boys will join him. Mushfiqur was outstanding in the first two games, Tamim (Iqbal) was excellent today and Soumya (Sarkar) got a good start as well. Liton (Das) has normally batted at in the top three and it was a tough ask for him to bat at number five, but he did the job.”
There was a bit of an injury scare for Mortaza during the first innings and he had to go off the field for some treatment but he didn't seem to think the issue was anything serious and added it didn't affect their plans much in the first innings.
"My knees were hurting a bit, but we have enough bowlers to bowl in the death so it's not much of a worry," he signed off.