Mirpur: Bangladesh suffered a mighty scare before winning their World Cup match against Ireland on Friday but captain Shakib-al-Hasan said that his side were confident that they would defend the low score of 205.
"I did not say anything to the boys. But all of them said we will defend the 205 and win by 20 runs. It came out true," said a visibly happy Shakib.
"We had the belief that we would win the match. We showed the character and that is the best thing for us in the matches ahead," he said.
Shakib conceded that his batsmen failed but praised the bowlers, especially pacer Shafiul Islam who took 4/21.
"We did not bat well but the bowlers brought us back and we fielded very well. The ball was not doing much today but still the bowlers maintained the discipline. It is great for the team.”
"Shafiul Islam was expensive in the first spell but we knew what he can do. So he came back strongly in his second spell. He won the game for us," said the Bangladesh captain.
Man-of-the-match Tamim Iqbal said his side was aiming for a quarterfinal berth but will have to improve their performance in the matches ahead.
"All credit to bowlers, we did not bat well. We are aiming for a quarterfinal berth but we have to improve our performance. The next game up is against West Indies and we have We have ," said the opener who made a 43-ball 44.
"I am happy for my performance in the tournament so far. I am hoping for a big hundred against West Indies," he said.
Ireland captain William Porterfield said his side was in the run chase till the 15th over but slipped after that.
"We were on course of the run chase till the 15th over but after that we slipped. We can`t afford to do this in the matches to come. There are matches coming up and we hope to do better," he said.