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Bangladeshi Batsman Mahmudullah Says, Rashid Is One Of The Best But Not Unplayable

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| September 24 , 2018 , 17:53 IST

Bangladesh star batsman Mahmudullah who played a valuable inning of 74-runs, on Sunday revealed that he relishes being the team's go-to man during a crisis as pressure helps get the best out of him.

Speaking to media, Mahmudullah said "Yes, I do [enjoy being the crisis man]. The pressure gives me the opportunity to get into my rhythm and give back to my team as well, Pressure will always be there and we just need to find out ways to handle it, that's all."

Bangladesh against the Afghans were struggling at one stage on 87/5 when Mahmudullah and Imrul Kayes went on to add an important 128 runs stand for the sixth wicket. Mahmudullah, who struck his 20th ODI half-century, took his team to a respectable total of 249 runs.

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Mahmudullah revealed there was a regular discussion over not to lose wickets to the guile of Rashid Khan.

"I didn't work too much [on his variations]. We played three times in four days, so there wasn't much time to think. I was just playing with an empty mind. We all know that Rashid Khan is one of the best strike bowlers around the world. That does not mean however that he is unplayable," said Mahmudullah.

The right-handed batsman also said "Maybe we couldn't apply ourselves against him the way we wanted. In our 128-run sixth-wicket partnership, the plan was to not give Rashid our wicket. We dug deep and we saw it through till the end."

Mahmudullah was also gracious to hand over Mustafizur Rahman's final over, in which he successfully defended eight runs, "I give special credit to Mustafizur because he was struggling with a hamstring problem. I would say Mustafizur's last over [was more important]. Because although our partnership was important, defending eight off six balls is not that easy," he concluded.