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Bangladesh look to secure final Monday

  • Published at 09:32 pm May 12th, 2019
Bangladesh pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh bowls to Sabbir Rahman during training in Dublin Sunday Dhaka Tribune/Ali Shahriyar Amin

The sun has been shining brightly in Dublin since Sunday and a full match is expected Monday

Bangladesh will eye confirming their final berth in the tri-nation ODI series when they face the West Indies at Malahide Cricket Club in Dublin, Ireland Monday.

After their win against the Windies in their first match Tuesday in Dublin, Bangladesh camp took a relatively long break as the optional practice session was canceled Wednesday due to bad weather. 

Later, Bangladesh players took a day off from the training Thursday. Then Bangladesh players took part in an optional practice session Friday and Saturday.

Here Sunday, Bangladesh team attended a full-fledged training session after four days. All the 19 players practiced intensely ahead of their game against the West Indies.

Bangladesh have beaten the Windies convincingly in the first match of their series, but their rhythm was hampered a bit as their scheduled game against host Ireland was washed off. 

The West Indies on the other hand, started positively in the tournament by beating the host and though they lost against the Tigers, they got back to the winning ways as they beat Ireland in their third game two days ago.

The Windies made 330, their highest in ODI history while chasing in the last match at this ground, and Bangladesh will be aware against the strong batting outfit in batting-friendly conditions in Malahide. 

“The wicket in Malahide is different compare to Clontarf. According to the previous game between Ireland and the West Indies, this wicket is helpful for the batsman as the ball comes to the bat nicely. If they provide similar kind of wickets then we are expecting a high-scoring encounter,” said Bangladesh middle-order batsman Mohammad Mithun during training at the MCC ground Sunday.

Weather was a concern for the last few days as it was raining a few days ago. Even Bangladesh’s second match was washed out against Ireland. 

But the sun has been shining brightly in Dublin since Sunday and a full match is expected Monday.

“The weather is improving day by day. If the weather improves more then it will be good for the players because we are not used to these type of playing conditions. Anyways, as a professional player we need to adapt to the conditions soon and we are on track to perform better in the upcoming match,” Mithun added.

The Windies have a bit of a relaxed situation as they have qualified for the final after securing their second win, and their batsmen are in red hot form as four of them have hammered three-figure scores so far in this tournament. 

Bangladesh have six points in the points table with one win and a draw. 

Another win will secure the spot for the Tigers in the final of the tri-series but the team are feeling no pressure as they are targeting match by match.

“We are not focusing on the final at the moment. We are concentrating game by game. Every game is important for us in this series. Whenever we play for our country, we target a win,” Mithun concluded.

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

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