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Dhaka Tribune

Southee looks to end on winning note

Update : 05 Nov 2013, 05:09 PM

New Zealand will complete their tour of Bangladesh today and will be looking for their first win of in the lone T20 match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium (SBNS), after the two Test matches were drawn and the ODI series was lost 0-3.

“The draw in the Test series and the defeat in the ODIs were really disappointing for us. We want to win at least the Twetnty20 game tomorrow (today) before we go back,” New Zealand seamer Tim Southee told the media at the SBNS yesterday.

Southee added that his team were looking to gain knowledge of the conditions ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in 2014, which will be held in Bangladesh.

“The World Cup (T20) will be held here in a few months’ time. The game tomorrow (today) is a great opportunity for us to learn about the condition,” said the 24-year old.

The Kiwis have won their last twoTwenty20 games against Bangladesh. The last time the two teams met in this format was in the ICC World Twenty last year where New Zealand bagged a convincing 59 run win at Pallekele. However, Southee believes a win this time will be tougher since the conditions are against them and Bangladesh have great momentum following their 3-0 ODI series win.

“The condition will be tough for us, to be honest. Bangladesh are playing very good cricket at the moment and the game will be tough. We had a day off yesterday (Monday) and are back to the field refreshed and are excited for the game,” said Southee.

New Zealand boasts an impressive Twenty20 record and can lay claims to being one of the top sides in the world in the format. Southee thinks that the Kiwis are strong in all three formats of the game, and felt the results on this tour were atypical.

“We are a good side in all form of cricket and have performed reasonably well recently. It is just that we went through a bad patch in the ODI series here (Bangladesh). The team has many young cricketersand they can take lessons from the experience,” said the right-arm paceman.

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