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Bangladesh batsmen must fire, says Mithun

Bangladesh are 1-0 down in the series having lost the first game after a disastrous batting performance where they were all out for just 131 runs when sent to bat first

Update : 22 Mar 2021, 07:24 PM

Bangladesh right-handed batsman Mohammad Mithun sees no option but for the batting unit to fire to generate competition as the tourists take on hosts New Zealand in the second ODI of the three-match series in Christchurch Tuesday.

Bangladesh are 1-0 down in the series having lost the first game after a disastrous batting performance where they were all out for just 131 runs when sent to bat first.

The home side reached the target with ease, having lost only two wickets.

Middle-order batsman Mahamudullah’s 27 runs was the highest of the innings.

Bangladesh batsmen in the game at University Oval in Dunedin were troubled by the bounce and swing which will be unlikely at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, believes right-handed batsman Mithun, and thus should make the job easy.

27 runs by middle-order batsman Mahmudullah was the most in the innings as New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult rattled the Bangladesh line-up with four wickets conceding 27 runs in 8.5 overs

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“We know that the bounce is comparatively less in Christchurch but there is pace which is actually good for a batsman. The ball comes nicely to the bat because of the pace. We will surely not repeat what happened in Dunedin if we can play to our potential and ability,” said Mithun in a video message to the media Monday.

Apart from the favorable conditions the Bangladesh batsmen should also take the responsibility, said Mithun.

According to the middle-order batsman, it is tough to put up a fight against New Zealand if the score is not above 250.

“The batting unit should take a bit more responsibility. Everyone should try to put in their best, regardless what number you are batting in. Here (in New Zealand) in most cases the match gets out of our control in the first 10 overs, especially in batting,” said Mithun, who scored just nine in the first match before getting dismissed to a run-out.

“The matches are usually high scoring in New Zealand so it is tough for us to win if we do not score 260 or 270 (batting first). We should get adjusted to the wicket and condition and put a target that the bowlers can defend,” he added.

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