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Sabbir praises Tigers win

Update : 14 Mar 2014, 05:59 PM

It was rather a clinical performance from Bangladesh as they beat Ireland convincingly by 44 runs, which will surely boost the confidence of the home side before going in to their important match against Afghanistan said Sabbir Rahman, who gots his first opportunity in the warm up game at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium yesterday.

“Bangladesh has been losing quite a few matches recently and our target was to win the two warm up matches, which we played well in both the warm up matches and definitely if a team wins, it really boosts the confidence of a side and our target is playing well against Afghanistan,” said Sabbir.

However Bangladesh lost Anamul early and later Tamim was dismissed after scoring 32. Sabbir who came into bat at number three, made 23 before skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib al Hasan both scored half centuries and added 116 for the fourth wicket to take the side to 179/3.

“Mushfiq and Shakib batted well and had a good partnership and if they continue playing this way I think there would be no problem in the middle order for us,” added Sabbir.

Meanwhile injured fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza returned to the side and the 30 year bowled well, taking two wickets. More importantly, the veteran fast bowler looked fit and bowled with good rhythm along with skipper Mushfiqur Rahim keeping wickets after his injury in the second Test against Sri Lanka, the signs look well for the Tigers said Sabbir.

Sabbir who is not a regular in the side, played his only T20 international against Sri Lanka recently said that there’s always pressure returning to the national team suddenly, but the 22 year old youngster informed that he will try to perform and improve his game.

“It’s always a pressure after suddenly getting into the side. Actually it’s tough to play the natural game but I will try to perform. This is my second T20 game after Sri Lanka so I will try to improve my game,” he said.

Though Bangladesh won the match comfortably compared to their first warm up match against UAE, the all-rounder informed that there is always some pressure in cricket, “There is no comfortable match in cricket there will be some pressure but we tried to play our natural game and we scored 180 odd losing three wickets, which I think is good enough.”

On the other hand Ireland captain, William Porterfield was disappointed after losing the match but added that it will help his side for the future and gained experience. “Yes I think we are slightly disappointed after losing sixty odd runs which is a big margin in this format but at the same time, we can take some positives from the match and take a lot on how Bangladesh played,” said Porterfield.

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