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18 February, 2018 12:55:13 AM
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Tigers vow to avoid T20 series defeat

Md Abu Talha Sarker, Sylhet
Tigers vow to avoid T20 series defeat
Bangladesh assistant coach Richard Halsall briefs players yesterday at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium ahead of second T20 International against Sri Lanka today. BCB Photo

Bangladesh are determined to prevent Sri Lanka from a tour sweep even though their own form wasn’t something to cheer for. The visitors had already clinched the tri-nation trophy and Test series by 1-0 before sealing the first T20 with quite ease. The second and final T20, the tour-ending fixture is on today at the picturesque Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, which is now in the focal point for both of the sides.

While Sri Lanka will try to end a successful tour with winning note, Bangladesh would play for its pride as it is at stake now.  “We still have the pride to play in the last game,” a statement made by stand-in captain Mahmudullah Riyad stressed the significance of the match.

With the back on the wall, it is indeed high time for Bangladesh to go forcibly given they would have to play another tri-nation T20 series involving Sri Lanka and India in Colombo in the next month. The victory in the last T20 match against Sri Lanka would definitely give them a momentum, something they lost after their three straight victories in the first three matches of the tri-nation one-day tournament.

 “We didn’t get expected results in the tri-nation and the Test series. Though our batsmen well performed, our bowlers didn’t execute the plans in the first T20,” Mahmudullah Riyad said.

 “But we still have a match in hands. We’ll play for it and that our focus is over there,”

“We’re trying to get motivated enough to at least draw the T20 series,” he added.

Bangladesh may bring a couple of changes in their side to galvanise the much-needed victory what they earnestly sought for.

“Everyone has a chance to play. We might bring change or changes for the sake of the team combination,” Riyad said.

He also hinted that the opener Tamim Iqbal who missed the first match, owing to bicep injury would comeback in the series deciding match.

Admitting their failure of execution in the ground, the all-rounder said that they are determined to execute their plan well.

 “Toss will also depend on the wicket. You have to do well in every department in T20s. You have to execute your skills,” he viewed. If the match is lost, Bangladesh would further go down in rakings, but Riyad remains unfazed by it.

“We’re thinking about winning this game, and not at all about the ranking. We’re all trying to do a turnaround. We’re trying to motivate ourselves, and we feel that we can put up a good show,” he added. On the other hand, Sri Lanka head coach Chandika Hathurusingha said that they’re not thinking any option without winning the decisive match what is needed for them to win.

“We’re not going into any game to lose. We’re coming here to win the game. Finishing with a win is very encouraging for us,” Chandika Hathurusingha said.

Expressing his surprise not to come here with the tea garden and hillock-girded stadium  during his coaching stint, the Sri Lankan coach said that they will decide their playing XI after seeing the wicket on match day.

 “The wicket is still not 100 per cent prepared. We’ve to come tomorrow and see how it is. I can’t give you much. It’s a beautiful ground. I’m surprised I didn’t come here in the three and a half years,” he opined.

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