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'Great pleasure' from quarter-final run - Mashrafe

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Surprise Cricket World Cup quarter-finalists Bangladesh arrived on home soil on Sunday night, to be greeted as heroes. 

The Tigers advanced past the group stage with wins over Afghanistan, Scotland and England - knocking the latter out of the competition.

While Bangladesh eventually fell in the last eight at the hands of India, they put up a spirited challenge against the defending champions. MS Dhoni's men were 115-3 through 28 overs, before Rohit Sharma (137) and Suresh Raina (65) batted them out of the game.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said their breakthrough to reach the quarter-finals was "a great pleasure".

"We had tried our best to do well in the World Cup," Mashrafe said.

"We knew this year passed with huge frustration for us. 

"We didn't do well in 2014 and the team was even defeated in the practice matches. 

"After all these mishaps, what we have done in the World Cup is simply amazing. It is a great pleasure indeed."

Personal highlights for the skipper were individual performances from all-rounder Mahmudullah, and seamers Rubel Hossain and Taskin Ahmed.

Mahmudullah made centuries against England and New Zealand, while Rubel (eight wickets) and Taskin (nine) were strong performers with the ball.

"[Mahmudullah] Riyad was extraordinary in the World Cup. He was under immense pressure, yet, the way he played, his name should come right after Kumar Sangakkara in this World Cup," Mashrafe said.

On his bowlers, the skipper added: "Rubel was brilliant. He has been bowling well for the last few years. Taskin, too, did well. He gave breakthroughs at good times. It will be great if we can maintain these performances."

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