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Boosted Tigers eye continuing their hunt

  • Published at 08:42 pm May 8th, 2019
File photo of Tamim Iqbal ICC

Bangladesh outplayed the Windies side, who beat Ireland in the tournament opener, and will be keen to improve their performance even more ahead of the World Cup in England and Wales

Bangladesh recorded a morale-boosting comprehensive win in their first match of the tri-nation ODI series against the West Indies, and they will look forward to maintain the momentum as they meet host Ireland in their second game Thursday at Malahide Cricket Club Ground in Dublin. 

The match will start at 3:45pm, Bangladesh standard time. 

Bangladesh outplayed the Windies side, who beat Ireland in the tournament opener, and will be keen to improve their performance even more ahead of the World Cup in England and Wales.

The Tigers bowlers came back strongly after the Caribbean side made a good opening partnership. 

Spinners made crucial breakthroughs and the pacers picked up some vital wickets in the slog overs to restrict the opponent, who were set for a big total, for a sub-par score. 

Bangladesh vice-captain Shakib al Hasan, who did well with the ball before posting an unbeaten half century to take his side home, thinks the result will boost their tempo.  

“This win will give us confidence in the remainder of the series. We have won convincingly. Generally we don’t win with that kind of dominance. So a convincing win in the first match of the tour will give us a lot of confidence. It’s a positive sign for the team. Everyone is positive and confident now. Hopefully we will continue this and play good cricket,” said Shakib at the team hotel in Dublin Wednesday.

Bangladesh team had an optional practice session Wednesday. 

The players who played in the first ODI were given rest. 

The rest of the players were scheduled to take part in training but later the practice session was called off due to the weather.

Players spent a relaxed day at the Castle Knock, the Tigers’ team hotel in Dublin.  

However, the weather is a concern for today’s game as the conditions were gloomy Wednesday. 

There was rain in the air all day long. 

There is forecast of rain today amid the windy conditions in Malahide.

The conditions will definitely be challenging for the Tigers as cold with strong winds are very common in Malahide. 

But the players are adapting to the conditions well enough and focusing on performing well.

“It’s tough out there. But there is a way we can keep ourselves warm during the match. If we can get involved in the game intensely, then cold can be managed. I am trying to do this, like running during field changes, or between overs. Other players are also applying it. I believe it’s an easy way to get rid of cold,” said the experienced campaigner. 

“It feels good to perform well for the national team. I have played for the national team after almost six months. A slight nervousness was there probably. But since I performed well in the practice match, I was confident as well. It’s a positive sign that I have performed well against the West Indies. But it’s a start, now I have to keep performing consistently,” concluded Shakib.

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