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Tigers got the long-searched-for impetus, believes Mushfiq

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Bangladesh's Mushf-iqur Rahim believes Tigers have gained sufficient momentum after their historic five-wicket win over Sri Lanka that now they eyeing to go all the way in the ongoing Nidahas Cup.Mushfiq scored an unbeaten half-century to script their record chase in Twenty20 internationals as they chased down 214 runs to silence the home crowd at Colombo and keep their hope alive for a berth in the final.

After their loss against India in their opening game in the tournament Tigers needed to come up with something special to humble down the host after their recent performance against them at home provided them a psychological edge.

During the half way mark, it looked host will take another ride on the visitors before an all-round effort by the batsmen showed they still possess the quality to make things happen in the shortest format despite earning only one win from their last 14 T20I's.

More than anything the massive win against Sri Lanka helped them regain their confidence that they were badly missing since their form began to dip both at home and away. Mushfiq said that they badly needed this win and now it is high time they move forward carrying the momentum with them that he believes is crucial in the shortest format.

'In this short format momentum is crucial. I hope we can carry on with it in our next two matches as we have got confidence back,' Mushfiq told reporters at Colombo on Monday. On the same breath, the diminutive wicket-keeper batsman added that there is no option of getting carried away with this one win and start taking preparation to make it count.

'I don't like a lot of noise [appreciation and big talks] after just one win. The wicket was good to bat and someone will be able to play such a knock,' said Mushfiq pointing his fingers towards the over excited BCB president Nazmul Hasan who looked overwhelmed after the win at Colombo.

'When you are playing for 13 years it is natural that you will make improvement. I just want to return back what cricket had given me with my performance,' he added.

-AA Correspondent

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