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Confident Tigers aim to seal ODI series

  • Published at 10:17 pm October 23rd, 2018
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Bangladesh’s Imrul Kayes bats in the nets in Chittagong Tuesday MD MANIK

The Tigers won the first ODI by 28 runs at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Sunday riding on opener Imrul Kayes’ brilliant 144-run innings.

Bangladesh will be confident but not complacent as they eye to win the second and penultimate ODI of the three-match series, and seal another home series when they face visiting Zimbabwe at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Cricket Stadium in Chittagong Wednesday.

The day-night match will start at 2:30pm local time.

The Tigers won the first ODI by 28 runs at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Sunday riding on opener Imrul Kayes’ brilliant 144-run innings. 

Now the Tigers are aiming to wrap up the series, and continue their domination against the African nation, whom they beat in their last 11 matches. 

“We are taking it seriously. And there is no chance to take Zimbabwe lightly. They have a pretty strong squad, all the senior players are there in their squad. We know if they can deliver their best cricket it will be very tough for us to win. Honestly, we are playing this series with the same seriousness and intensity like we have shown in the Asia Cup,” said Tigers’ skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza to the media after training at ZACCS Tuesday.

“So we are focusing on ourselves so that we don’t commit any mistakes in the next match. Every opponent is competitive in international cricket. Remember we have even lost a game against Hong Kong here a few years back. So we don’t want to give any chance to Zimbabwe,” he added.

Bangladesh are facing slight injury concern with left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman as he was feeling pain in his elbow during the first ODI. 

Ailing Rubel Hossain has become fit and the right-arm paceman bowled with a full run-up in the practice session Tuesday.

If Mustafizur becomes unavailable in the second ODI, Rubel might take his place. 

The decision regarding the place will be taken before the match. 

On the other hand, Zimbabwe coach Lalchand Rajput thought his side, who lost their last nine ODIs - five against Pakistan, three against South Africa and one against Bangladesh - will soon break the streak. 

He believes the inclusion of their senior players will boost their chances, and that they will be desperate to win today’s match and keep the series alive. 

“Nine-match losing is a long list but in the first eight games we didn’t have our players. Now the senior players have returned and we are getting closer but not crossing the line. South Africa were 100 for seven in one game but we couldn’t win. Even in the T20Is. We are getting it together but the day will come soon that we will cross the line,” said Rajput to the media during training in the port city Tuesday.

Toss could be important for both the teams as dew factor can play a crucial role here at the ZACCS under lights.