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Tigers eye to beat WI again

  • Published at 11:59 pm May 12th, 2019
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Bangladesh are facing the West Indies again at the Malahide Cricket Club ground, which is relatively more batting friendly, and the Tigers bowling camp is ready to face the challenge one more time

Bangladesh camp believes they have plenty of firepower to restrict the in-form West Indies batting line-up in their tri-nation ODI series encounter Monday at the Malahide Cricket Club ground in Dublin, Ireland.

The Windies batsmen have scored four centuries in their three matches so far and posted 300-plus scores in both their games against the host Ireland in the tri-series. 

They also made a strong opening wicket stand against Bangladesh Tuesday in Dublin, but the Tigers bowlers bowled well in the middle part of the innings, and restricted them to an average total in the end.

Now Bangladesh are facing the West Indies again at the MCC ground, which is relatively more batting friendly, and the Tigers bowling camp is ready to face the challenge one more time.

“We have bowled well against the same Windies side in our first match of the series. They will try to perform better and so do we. We know their batsmen are in good form but we also proved that we can restrict them within a chaseable total. We also have quality bowlers who can take wickets at any moment of the game, or break a good partnership. We have proved that in the last game as we managed to turnaround despite their strong start,” middle-order batsman Mohammad Mithun said during training in Malahide.

“Both the teams have performed well in their previous matches. But the previous game is gone. It can only give you confidence mentally. Now we have to make a start fresh. [Today] is a new game. Whoever plays better cricket will win eventually,” he added.

Bangladesh team had a long break before this match as their previous game against host Ireland was washed out in Dublin Thursday. 

The players were back to full-fledged training in Malahide Sunday on the eve of their match against the Windies. 

The camp is confident after winning the first game strongly but they are aiming to carry the momentum forward in the remaining matches of the series.

“Win always gives you confidence. The team have good confidence after winning the first match convincingly. The team are ready to face the challenge. Mental preparation is also important before a game. Every player is practicing hard and trying to give their best. Now it’s time to execute our plans properly in the match,” Mithun added.

Bangladesh have picked 19 players for the series, including the 15 members who will travel to the United Kingdom for the World Cup 2019.

Initially, off-spinner Nayeem Hasan and batsman Yasir Ali were added to the squad for the Ireland series, and later pacer Taskin Ahmed and all-rounder Farhad Reza were also included.

Taskin and Farhad took part in the lone practice match against Ireland Wolves but did not play in the first ODI.

Bangladesh have six points and are one win away from the final of the tri-series. 

When asked whether new players will be given a chance in the game against the Windies, Mithun informed that there is very little opportunity for experiment. 

Perhaps if Bangladesh manage to win the next match and secure the final today, then they might give chances to some new players in the next match against Ireland.

“Team management will decide which players will play in the playing XI against the West Indies [Monday]. Every player is ready to give their best shot. I think there is limited chance to experiment. We have not won any tri-series so far. It’s a good opportunity for us to win this tournament,” Mithun concluded.