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14 December, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Third ODI against WI

Tigers eye to clinch series

Sports Reporter, Sylhet
Tigers eye to clinch series
Bangladesh's cricket coach Steve Rhodes (2L) and cricketers Mohammad Mahmudullah (L) and Tamim Iqbal (2R) inspect the pitch during a practice session ahead of the third One Day International (ODI) between Bangladesh and West Indies at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on Wednesday. AFP Photo

High-flying Bangladesh will take on recharged West Indies in the series-deciding match of the three-match ODI series at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS) in Sylhet today. The match, a day-night affair, has been brought an hour ahead of the previous schedule. As per the changed schedule, it will now begin at 12 noon. Both Bangladesh and the West Indies honed themselves in their intense practice session at the tea-garden girt stadium at the evening session for so long to get idea about the wicket and condition what might be shaped before and after the dew situation because it was predicted that few could be a big role in this match that could be crunch for both the team.

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza flatly told that it would be better for them if they could finish the year with winning note. “It’ll be very good if we can end it with a win,” said Mashrafe Bin Mortaza. “After the first match, I said that this year’s percentage will be very good if we can win,” Mashrafe told at press conference before their pre-match day practice session at the SICS yesterday.

“We had an opportunity to win a very big tournament. We also lost the tri-nation final early in the year. But other than that this year has been a good one in the one-day format. So it will be good if we can end on a winning note,” he said. Asked about importance of winning the match for the next series, Bangladesh captain said that the confident level will be high ahead of New Zealand tour if they could win the match and series simultaneously. “The confidence will obviously be high going into the next series. It’ll help even in the T20 series that will follow,” he said.

“Maybe the conditions in New Zealand will be very different. In sports, confidence is very important and makes the difference between winning and losing,” he continued. He said that they want to be focused on the new game forgetting the last match’s result in Dhaka.

“There is no use thinking of the past. Tomorrow is a new match, and new day. And it is also not that we are on the back foot. It’s 1-1, and it is a decider,” he responded. “It’s not that we have lost everything. We have to play positively. You have to expect that West Indies will play their best cricket, and we have to think that we’ll play our best cricket. If we think about what happened here in the past, it’ll become more difficult,” he added.

Mashrafe’s West Indian counterpart Rovman Powell also echoed the sentiment and said that they all are upbeat and very much confident of making it in the next important match against the home side.

 “It’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue. West Indies haven’t won an ODI series for quite sometime. This is a grand opportunity to change it,” said Rovman Powell. “The guys are upbeat and confident of doing it tomorrow,” Rovman told media at his pre-match day press conference at the Sylhet International Cricket stadium yesterday.

 

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