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Tigers aim to bounce back and seal series

  • Published at 03:23 pm September 7th, 2021
Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim agonizes as he keeps losing partners at the other end, while New Zealand players celebrate in the third T20I in Mirpur Sunday AFP

Bangladesh, who never won any match in the shortest format against New Zealand prior to the series, won the first two matches and will be keen to back on winning track and seal the series

Hosts Bangladesh conceded a morale shattering heavy defeat in the third match but the Tigers will look to seal the series against the Kiwis when they encounter in their fourth game of the five-match series at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla national stadium on Wednesday.

Bangladesh, who never won any match in the shortest format against New Zealand prior to the series, won the first two matches and will be keen to back on winning track and seal the series. 

But it would not be an easy task for the Tigers as New Zealand have produced much more improved performance considering their batting debacle in the first game.

The second-string side of the visitors outplayed the hosts in every department during their 52-run win in the third match and accumulating 128 in the board proved they have adapted with the condition well.

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New Zealand camp is aware that Bangladesh will strike hard and Kiwis coach Glenn Pocknall said that they are ready to take the challenge and they will fight fire with fire.

“Bangladesh have had a fantastic record, not only just against us but also against every other team in the world [at home]," Pocknall said.

"So for them to lose, they'll come back pretty strong and they'll be hurting from that [loss]. We're certainly prepared for a backlash from them, but we're going to fight fire with fire. So we’re certainly up for it as well," he added.

While Bangladesh bowlers are in good form, their batsmen need to step up. There are only two matches left in the series and before Tigers heading for the World T20 next month so batsmen will definitely try to score some runs and gain some confidence ahead of the big tournament.

The match will start at 4pm local time at SBNS and the weather forecast predicts a slight chance of rain.

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