Chittagong - Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim says he is proud of the
way his side played against England, even though they were heartbroken by Ben
Stokes on day five.
The Tigers needed 33 runs to win on the day, while England
needed two wickets, and Stokes took this in one over within the first hour of
But Rahim was not down-hearted, saying his side did very
well considering they had not played a Test in 15 months, and that he hope they
would impress as much in the second match in Dhaka.
Rahim said: "Probably it was not in our favour, 33 runs
and two wickets, but the boys put in so much effort over the last five days,
after 15 months.
"I'm really proud. They scored 240 in the second
innings, if we'd managed to get 290 in our first innings, it would have brought
it [the target] down.
"Our boys fought it out which is really impressive and
hopefully we'll do the same in the next match.
"I thought it was a good track, it was spinning but not
unplayable. Hopefully we can come up with some good plans.
"If you want to play in the subcontinent, it should be
that way and we have some good spinners."
England skipper Alastair Cook was certainly relieved, but
was confident his bowlers would have done the job no matter what.
Cook said: "It was a really good Test match, to think
we were here on day five with that wicket. It was such a tight game, so credit
to both sides.
"I'm glad we held our nerve, the quality we have in our
attack, we got it reversing. We also had the option of the new ball, which we
could use with the spinners.
"It would have been a gamble but it was quite hard to
bat against the new ball. It was a great match and we want to thanks our loyal
10-15 supporters up there."