Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal urged his team mates not to give away the game on the opening ten overs against New Zealand in the series concluding last ODI at Dunedin.
New Zealand clinched the series by winning the opening two games comprehensively at Napier and Christchurch. They would be looking forward to repeat a similar course of action in Dunedin on February 20.For Bangladesh on both occasions, the top-order failed miserably as they 4 wickets down for 42 runs inside 10 overs while in the second match they were reduced to 2 wickets for 32 runs inside opening 10 overs.
On both occasions Bangladesh struggled against the pace of New Zealand bowling trio- Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson as they made the visitors struggle in the seaming condition.
“Whoever comes in, need to bat long,” Tamim told reporters ahead of the third ODI.
“To be honest I will only hope that we don’t give away the game in the opening ten overs because if you lose couple of wickets in the opening 10 overs it gets difficult to make a comeback,” he said.
“I think we did that in the opening two games and paid the price and we hope not to make those mistakes in the next game,” he said.
Tamim added that he does not understand why they are failing to earn their maiden win against New Zealand at Kiwi’s own den as they have done that at home as well as in England and Ireland.“I don’t know why we are failing to beat them here though we toured New Zealand three to four times,” said Tamim.
“Because we have beaten them in Ireland and England. So, there is no reason why we cannot beat them here,” told Tamim.
“First of all we need to play good cricket and we need to do it quickly as World Cup is not very far,” he said.
Tamim added that he does not believe the wicket was unplayable rather it was their fault that they could not execute their plans.
“To be honest the wickets were very good. Especially, in the first match. We knew that their two opening bowlers start very well and we gave away four wickets,” said Tamim.
“The wicket was good in the second match as well but they had some help due to the weather and conditions at that time following the rain,” told Tamim.
“Last year we played some good cricket but could not win but this year we have not been able to play good cricket. Last time round we put up a fight but this year there is no contest,” he said.
According to team manager, Khaled Masud Pilot, Bangladesh are sweating over the fitness of Mushfiqur Rahim while there is little chance about inform Mohammad Mithun to feature in the last game.
During the last game Mithun pulled his hamstring while taking a quick single. Later, he did not go out to field and was kept under observation for 48 hours according to the advice from the physio.
“He (Mithun) is still not comfortable and there is very slim chance that he will be able play in the last ODI,” Masud told daily sun.
“He is still struggling to walk so we need to comprehend his entire situation,” said Masud.
However, Mahmud said that they are optimistic about the return of Mushfiqur despite the fact that he did not practice on Monday after completing his 48-hour medical observation for his rib injury which resurfaced after the second game along with some wrist strain.
The rib injury came into light during the Asia Cup and though they are yet to get any medical reports they are assuming Mushfiqur will be fit before the third ODI.
“He did not practice today (Monday) and just passed the time walking around the ground during practice session but we believe he might recover before the last game though I am not sure because we are yet to get the scan report,” said Mashud.
Tamim added that he is not worried about injuries as it is part of game and believe whoever will replace them will give their best to fulfill their gap in the team.