Experienced middle-order batsman Mahmudullah recalled the Tigers’ recent memory of defeating Sri Lanka and hoped that would inspire them to maintain the winning run
Bangladesh are eager to make a perfect start in the Unimoni Asia Cup by defeating Sri Lanka, a familiar foe, in the opening match of the six-nation tournament Saturday.
The Tigers trained Wednesday in Dubai Sports City’s ICC Academy, ahead of the crucial encounter that will be staged at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Experienced middle-order batsman Mahmudullah recalled the Tigers’ recent memory of defeating Sri Lanka and hoped that would inspire them to maintain the winning run.
“I think we have got some good past memories against Sri Lanka from a few months back, but Sri Lanka are a very good team, they are playing very good cricket and we have to be at our best to beat them. We have been preparing quite well back at home. So hopefully we can deliver,” Mahmudullah said to the media.
But Mahmudullah is not complacent as he is aware that the tournament will be very much competitive and that the Tigers must be on their toes. Mahmudullah played a valiant 76-run innings in the last ODI between the two sides but Bangladesh were dismissed for 142 chasing Lanka’s 221 in the final of the tri-nation series in January in Dhaka.
“To be honest, I think all the teams are playing very good cricket at the moment, every team are very important and we can’t afford to be relaxed, we need to take it game by game so that we can do well in the first stage,” said the 32-year old.
The weather will be challenging for Bangladesh due to the hot and humid conditions.
Mahmudullah admitted they need to acclimatise quickly and also hoped Bangladesh can attract significant support from the crowd as many of his compatriots living in the UAE are expected to fill the stadium in numbers.
“At the moment it is quite humid, but as professional players we have to be able to adapt to the conditions and embrace the situation that comes our way. We have to take it positively,” said Mahmudullah.
“Hopefully we are going to get a really good crowd here because plenty of Bangladeshis live here, and we hope they will come out and support us, we hope to deliver some good results for them,” said the right-handed batsman.
The first match of the tournament between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will commence at 5:30pm, Bangladesh standard time.