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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 18 February, 2003, 17:54 GMT
Mashud denies no-result plan
Lara made 46 against Bangladesh
Mashud said Bangladesh had a plan to get Lara out
Bangladesh captain Khaled Mashud has denied cynically opting to bowl first in the hope of forcing a no result against West Indies.

"They were good conditions for bowlers - that's why I decided to bowl," said Mashud of the drizzle and damp pitch at Willowmore Park.

Put in to bat after Mashud won the toss, West Indies hit 244 for nine but the rain got heavier in the ninth over of the Bangladesh reply, leaving the teams with two points each.

Bangladesh move above Kenya in the Group B table, although the African side will gain four points when New Zealand forfeit their match in Nairobi on Friday.

We had a plan against West Indies after facing them last time
Khaled Mashud

However, Mashud accepted the side were unlikely to upset either of their forthcoming opponents - South Africa and New Zealand.

"We will try our best against them and get a result," he said simply.

Mashud, whose side suffered an upset loss to Canada last week, was happy with his side's performance against West Indies.

"The bowlers did really well, and all the fielders did well, especially Alok Kapali," he said.

"We had a plan against West Indies after facing them last time - bowling a certain line and length, especially to Brian Lara."

Lara managed 46 from 75 deliveries before he was dismissed courtesy off a diving catch by Al-Shariar at mid-off - a second wicket for off-spinner Ehsanul Haque.

Kapali had West Indies skipper Carl Hooper caught and bowled for 45 in the 47th over.

But Mashud defended his decision to only use the leg-spinner for two overs at the end of the innings.

"Because the other five bowlers did well we didn't get a chance to go with Kapali," he said.




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