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7 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Riyad plays down pressure game

Tigers keen to field an unchanged team
Bss, Rajkot
Riyad plays down pressure game
Bangladesh T20 Captain Mahmudullah Riyad kicks a football as his teammates look on during a practice session at Saurashtra Cricket Association ground in Rajkot yesterday on the eve of their second T20I against India. BCB Photo

Bangladesh T20 captain Mahmudullah Riyad played down the pressure of creating history by beating India on Indian soil to clinch the three-match T20 series as the first overseas team when he stated that they are solely focused on winning the match at any cost. The Tigers are leading the series by 1-0, following their seven-wicket victory in Delhi and a repeat would give them the series and help them earn a historical feat.

However, Mahmudullah is not ready to think too far ahead and more precisely take any pressure whatsoever from the outside ahead of their crucial game. “Not really, from the beginning there wasn’t enough pressure on us, as you have mentioned that we had nothing to lose when we first came here, it is more to gain and tomorrow is another opportunity to gain victory for Bangladesh cricket,” the captain said here yesterday.

“From the start, we are speaking about our approach positive that has to be on the top whatever if we lose or win, that does not matter, but approach and attitude has to be in a correct way, so that we can give ourselves a chance to win the game,” he added.

“India are very strong in their home soil and they have proven it in the last 11-12 years how strong they are. It will be a big achievement if we can win,” said Mahmudullah. “Our focus is laid in our attitude, positivity and adaptability and taking the right decision at the right time and focusing on all the departments… We have come to India for the first time to play a bilateral series so if we can win it then it will be a big achievement for us,” he said.

Mahmudullah also made it clear that they are not keen to change the winning combination and only will think of it if the situation arises at Rajkot.

“Maybe not at this moment change the winning combination but when we arrive tomorrow morning or maybe in the afternoon, if we feel change is required, for instance if the wicket is dry, then maybe we might change. But at the moment we will try to stick to our winning combination,” he informed.

“If we compare the wicket to Delhi, I don’t know what the wicket will be like, but the average score here is 170-180. Maybe we might change our game plan or approach according to situation and conditions,” he said.

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