Mirpur: Australian opener Aaron Finch, who bagged the man of the match award for his sparkling 71 to secure his team an emphatic seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh, was still a disappointmented man.
“It is very frustrating for us,” he said. “We came here with high expectations and did not play well in the first three games. It is very disappointing not to make it to the semi-finals. We flopped in the match against West Indies and lost our momentum.”
When asked if there were any positives to be taken from the tournament, Finch said: “The only positive was scoring well against Pakistan, who have a good bowling attack, but otherwise there isn’t much to take from this event.”
Does Australia, who has never done well in Twenty20 format, have any plans to strengthen themselves in this format? Finch said: “We need to play quick enough and we need to play more. We now have the Big Bash tournament which is a good tournament. Some of our guys are also playing in the IPL and hence get to play Twenty20 cricket but except some odd victories, we haven’t achieved much in Twenty20 Internationals.”
Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, meanwhile, attributed his team’s poor show to the shock defeat to Hong Kong in the last match of the qualifier. “After our defeat to Hong Kong we lost our momentum,” he said. “To make matters worse, about four to five of our guys went out of form.”
Does that mean the team could never recover from the defeat to Hong Kong? “When four to five of our players went out for form it became impossible to play 40 overs of competitive cricket,” he said. “It became even difficult for us to do any planning.”
Rahim said the focus will now be on taking a break and regrouping. “We will take a break after this and assemble again and sort out of our defects and work as a team,” he said. “We have series against West Indies and Sri Lanka coming up and will prepare ourselves well for it.”