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Tigers eye tri-nation glory

  • Published at 12:37 am May 17th, 2019
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Bangladesh players line up for the national anthem prior to their tri-series match against Ireland in Dublin Wednesday AFP

Bangladesh are flying high at the moment after beating the West Indies twice and Ireland once, and every time, they did it in convincing fashion

The stage is all set for Bangladesh to clinch the first tri-nation series of their history as the Tigers face the West Indies in the final of the Walton ODI series at Malahide Cricket Club in Ireland Friday.

Bangladesh are flying high at the moment after beating the West Indies twice and Ireland once, and every time, they did it in convincing fashion.

The Tigers have played six finals in history, and lost every time. This is Bangladesh’s seventh attempt at a series win other than bilateral series.

Batsmen are batting with confidence in this series as both the top-order and middle-order batters are in good form. Both pacers and spinners are also in good rhythm so far. 

But the final will be a tough hurdle for Team Tigers.

The only concern for the Bangladesh team management is Shakib al Hasan’s injury. The all-rounder was retired hurt after scoring a half-century against host Ireland in Dublin Wednesday.

Bangladesh had an optional practice session Thursday on the eve of the final. Players who played in the match against Ireland Wednesday took a day off from practice and got proper rest before the grand finale.

Taskin Ahmed, Nayeem Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Mustafizur Rahman, Farhad Reza, Yasir Ali, Mohammad Mithun and Mehedi Hasan Miraz took part in training Thursday.

Although Bangladesh have earned commanding wins against the Windies in the last 10 days, the Tigers camp is aware of the threat West Indies can pose, and they are expecting a tough fight from the Caribbean side.

“There is no extra planning for the final. The way we have played so far in the tournament, we want to repeat that in the final again. I think there is no need to take extra pressure by plotting extra planning as it’s the final. We have won two matches against them but that does not mean we will win the third one easily. The West Indies have quality players in their side who can turn the match anytime. We are expecting a tough contest [Friday]. And we are preparing ourselves accordingly,” Bangladesh captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza informed during the pre-final media session at Hotel Castleknock in Dublin Thursday. 

The Windies have been beaten twice in the series by Bangladesh, by eight wickets and five wickets. 

But they have performed well in their other two round robin matches against the Irish and are aiming to finish the tournament in confident manner.

“We want to put more runs on the board with the bat. Also we want to improve our fielding. If we can improve on those areas then will be definitely be in a better position [today]. We have had a reasonable tournament so far and now we are aiming to finish it on a high note,” said West Indies skipper Jason Holder before going to their practice session Thursday.

West Indies opener John Campbell, who scored a hundred and formed a record opening wicket partnership with Shai Hope, is injured and uncertain for the final.

The pitch is relatively batting-friendly and the boundaries are not so big so spectators can expect a high-scoring match in the final.

The weather was bright and sunny Thursday and the forecast suggests it will be cloudy Friday in the final.

The match will start at 10:45am local time, and 3:45pm Bangladesh standard time.