Bangladesh skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza is set to return to lead the Tigers in their second match of the tri-series against New Zealand today after serving one-match ban for suspension.
The match at Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin will start at 3:45pm Bangladesh Standard Time.
‘Naturally we want to win this match,’ Mashrafee told reporters at the sideline of a training session on Tuesday.
‘We know they [New Zealand] are a very professional unit and also hold a good place in the world ranking. They might be missing some few top players but still maximum player played with us in the last series.’
New Zealand will be without some of their key players like regular skipper Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Corey Anderson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Adam Milne and Colin de Grandhomme, who were either rested or remained busy with the Indian Premier League.
Tigers shared points in their opening game against Ireland as the match was abandoned due to rain after the visitors posted 157-4 in 31.1 overs on the back of a rescue act by Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah.
Tamim made 64 not out while Mahmudullah hit unbeaten 43 runs to help the Tiger recover from a precarious 70-4.
Chief selector Minhajul Abedin, who is currently accompanying the team, suggested their batsmen need to protect them initially as the wickets tend to help the bowlers early in the game.
‘There is some sort of movement initially and we need to take that into account and play accordingly,’ Minhajul told New Age on Tuesday.
‘The wicket remains soft for the opening 10 overs and that help the pace bowlers exploit it,’ he said.
‘We struggled in the opening game against Ireland by not reading the wicket properly in the opening hour and now we need to take a lesson from that,’ he said.
Minhajul added that Tigers were relieved to see some sunlight during the practice session that was not the case in the other days and that forced them to limit their practice activities to gym session and indoor batting.
Minhajul added that they were expecting to put up a good fight against the New Zealanders as that is very much possible if their batsman apply themselves to post a good total.
‘After the shine is over and when the wicket gets a bit harder there is hardly anything for the bowlers. We need to utilise it by keeping our wickets intact,’ he said.
Though there was sunshine there is possibility of rain during the match between the two visiting teams currently in Ireland as per forecast of weather but for Tigers would be keen to get an opportunity to assess their strength against a very competitive New Zealand team.
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