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Bangladesh eager to keep winning

  • Published at 09:31 pm May 14th, 2019
Bangladesh players celebrate the fall of a wicket AFP

Tigers won both of their matches in the series so far in convincing manner

Confident Bangladesh will face hosts Ireland in their tri-nation ODI series encounter at Clontarf Cricket Club ground in Dublin on Wednesday before contesting in the final. 

Bangladesh have already ensured a final berth in the series where they will face West Indies at Malahide on Friday. 

Tigers won both of their matches in the series so far in convincing manner but tomorrow’s match is also being considered important since the team management will definitely try to keep up the momentum. 

“Obviously there is a lot to take from tomorrow’s game. If we can manage to continue our winning run with a good performance, it will definitely give us confidence before playing the final. We have not won any tri-nation series yet. If we can win tomorrow with a commanding performance then it will be helpful for us in the final against the West Indies,” said Bangladesh middle order batsman Sabbir Rahman at the team hotel in Dublin on Tuesday. 

“Actually, this series is a great preparation for us to get ready for the World Cup. We are playing a tri-nation ODI tournament just before the World Cup in Irish conditions which is similar to that in England. Therefore, every match is important for us to get prepared. Hopefully, we will continue our good performance in tomorrow’s match,” he added. 

The weather is perfect to play according to local conditions as it was sunny all day on Tuesday. The Clontarf Cricket Ground is relatively helpful for the batsmen so it is likely to be a high scoring game.  

Bangladesh team had an optional practice session on Tuesday ahead of their last round robin league match. Most of the players rested and went to the gym for their regular session. 

Only Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Mithun from the playing eleven took part in the optional training session on Tuesday.  

Hosts Ireland have nothing to lose from this match as they have already been knocked out of the tournament. But they will try to produce an upset and finish the tournament on a positive note. 

Since Bangladesh have qualified for the final, the Tigers’ team management have the chance to shuffle their playing eleven and give chances to the remaining players. Pacer Abu Jayed Rahi made his ODI debut in the last match. Although the pacer was unimpressive in last match, he might get another chance to prove himself in the series. 

Batsman Yasir Ali, all-rounder Farhad Reza, off-spinner Nayeem Hasan and Taskin Ahmed are not selected for the World Cup squad and were carried only for the Ireland series but the chances are thin for any of them being picked for today’s playing XI. However, the final decision on the playing eleven will be decided prior to toss after observing the pitch condition.  

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