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Saifuddin had a point to prove

  • Published at 02:13 am July 4th, 2019
Bangladesh's Saifuddin reacts in Birmingham Wednesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Birmingham

Saifuddin scored an unbeaten 51-run innings off 38 deliveries with nine boundaries and gave Bangladesh hope of a stunning fightback in the late stage of the game

Bangladesh all-rounder Saifuddin’s valiant effort went in vain against India as the Tigers fell 28 runs short in pursuit of 315 at Edgbaston, and got knocked out of the tournament.

Saifuddin scored an unbeaten 51-run innings off 38 deliveries with nine boundaries and gave Bangladesh hope of a stunning fightback in the late stage of the game.

At one stage, Bangladesh needed 36 off the last three overs with Saifuddin striking well from one end. 

The target were not impossible, considering the short boundary at one end at Edgbaston, but brilliant bowling from pacer Jasprit Bumrah tilted the match in India’s favor with 12 deliveries to spare.

Saifuddin looked dejected from the non-striker’s end after two brilliant yorkers from Bumrah wrapped up Bangladesh’s tail. 

Later, Saifuddin informed that he had a point to prove against tough opponents.

“Obviously it felt bad as we are out of the tournament. We played well as a team in the tournament. I have waited for an opportunity to win a match for my team and country. I had the chance and I was batting well and confidently. I felt like I could have won the match for my country even with the last batsman of our line-up. Unfortunately, it did not happen in the end,” said Saifuddin during the mixed zone media session after the match Tuesday.

There was a lot of discussion about Saifuddin a few days ago as a media report suggested that he exaggerated his injury ahead of the Australia match. 

Saifuddin said such allegation is painful for him and he tried to prove himself against India that the report was not correct.

“There was a report against me that I was afraid to play against Australia, which is not true. It really hurt me. I was determined to prove myself and targeted that I will try to win a match for my team against a big side and prove that wrong. During the first ball of the India game, it was in my head that I have to prove that allegation wrong. But unfortunately we lost the match,” said Saifuddin.

Bangladesh will play their next match against Pakistan at Lord’s Friday.

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