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Tigers aim to seal ODI series today
Syed Mohamed Pithu, Ctg

Tigers aim to seal ODI series today

Bangladeshi cricketer Mustafizur Rahman attends a training session at Zahur Ahmed Stadium in Chattogram yesterday, on the eve of their second of the 3-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. Focus Bangla Photo

Bangladesh are confident to seal the three-match series against Zimbabwe with one match left despite knowing that the Southern African nation will come all guns blazing in the second ODI today at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. While the hosts have an eye on to the series, they also stick to their policy to test their reserves in this match also. “We just have to clinical, and find a way to win the series while we are trying out a few guys who also have to perform. We also have to consider that this is the series deciding game,” Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said yesterday.

“We are on experiment in this series indeed. Fazle Rabbi couldn’t make run in the first match but he must get the opportunity. At the same time we have Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Abu Haider Rony in the wing. Ariful Haque has been with the team without any game for the last two or three series. We have to keep all those in our mind.”

The ease at which Bangladesh defeated Zimbabwe in the recent past, they shouldn’t be too worried but Mashrafe guarded against the complacency, warning his side about the backlash of the visitors.

“There is no scope to take them lightly specially when all of their senior players are in the team at the moment,” the captain said.

 “We know if they get their rhythm back and if they play bring up their A game, it would be tougher for us. So we don’t

want to give them any chance to comeback in the series. We will play with the same mentality with which we played the Asia Cup.”

Bangladesh have the upper-hand with 42-28 win-ratio in 70 matches between the two sides. Zimbabwe's last away ODI series victory against Bangladesh came as long ago as 2010. Zimbabwe team also arrives in the midst of a seven-month losing streak, having been whitewashed by both Pakistan and South Africa in their last two series and currently they are on a 17-match losing streak across three formats.

But they refused to give up the hopes of conceding the series with one game left.

“The senior players have to take responsibility. Masakadza got a hundred in the practice game so hopefully he can convert into the ODIs,” Zimbabwe head coach Lalchand Rajpur said.

“Brendan Taylor is getting starts so hopefully a big score will come. I am sure they also feel they have to get a big score. It is coming, I am sure it is coming very soon.”