Bangladesh’s batsmen got an idea about what to expect in their forthcoming tour of New Zealand when they were tested with repeated bouncers in a difficult condition in their final warm-up match in Australia on Friday.
The Tigers lost the game by six-wicket to Big Bash outfit Sydney Thunders, despite making some recovery from a poor start to post 122-8 in 20 overs.
Thunders reached the target with ease thanks to an unbeaten innings of Eoin Morgan.
Earlier, opting to bowl first at Spotless Stadium, the BCB XI lost their first six wickets for 49 runs half-way though the innings before Nurul Hasan scored highest 35 to give their total some respectability.
Shuvagata Hom chipped in with 25 runs in a rain-soaked pitch that made batting a difficult job for the visitors.
Arjun Nair and Pat Cummins picked up two wickets each for Thunders, giving away 18 and 19 runs respectively.
Mushfiqur Rahim led the BCB XI in the absence of regular limited-overs captain Mashrafee bin Muratza.
The BCB XI, who will now travel to New Zealand for Bangladesh’s month-long bilateral series, also rested Sakib al Hasan for the match.
Bangladesh defeated another Sydney-based Big Bash outfit Sydney Sixers in their first warm-up match of Australia tour on Wednesday.
The two practice matches were arranged as part of Bangladesh’s preparation for the tour of New Zealand, where they will play three one-day internationals, as many Twenty20 internationals and two Tests from December 26 to January 24.
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