Bangladesh must stay focused on Asia Cup final: Mortaza

Dhaka, March 4 (IANS) Bangladesh Captain Mashrafe Mortaza is delighted at reaching the Asia Cup final but wants his teammates to stay focused.

The hosts will take on India in the final at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

The Tigers sealed a five-wicket victory in a tense match against Pakistan on Wednesday.

Bangladesh suffered a tame defeat to India in their opening match of the tournament. But three straight wins after that have boosted their confidence.

“The final match is still to be played. I advise everyone to keep their feet on the ground and play their natural game. I ask them not to take any extra pressure,” Mashrafe was quoted as saying by bdnews24.com on Thursday.

He said a cloud of uncertainty had been hanging over their participation in the final. But the players were confident about playing the title decider.

“The players had confidence and it worked. We will try to give our best (in the final). If we can, it will be a great game.”

Mashrafe is unwilling to ponder about winning or losing the final. He is keen on enjoying the match which will mark Bangladesh’s second Asia Cup final in four years.

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