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Tigers counting on past T20 records in Caribbean

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 2 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh will be eyeing to take confidence from their last West Indies tour when they clinched the three-match T20I series after being swept away in the Test series as they prepare for the upcoming T20I series against the hosts, beginning in Dominica today.

The match will start at 11:30pm (BST) and will be aired live on T Sports.

Bangladesh were in similar condition during the last West Indies tour before Mashrafe Mortaza lifted the side by helping them earn victory over the host in the ODIs.

Following the success in the ODIs, the Tigers also went on to clinch the T20I series. The onus will be on T20 skipper Mahmudullah and experienced Shakib Al Hasan to lift the morale of the team after being humbled in the Test series.

Bangladesh hardly can take lot of inspiration from statistics considering if that is taken into consideration than they are lagging far being from being reasonable, winning 1 out of their last 10 T20Is.

The lone victory came against Afghanistan at home before losing to them to draw the series. Earlier, Tigers were whitewashed in three-match T20 series at home against Pakistan after losing all of the five Super 12 matches in T20 World Cup.

“We are targeting a series win and we would like to play good cricket. At the moment, I feel the balance of our team is good but I think it will be a good series,” Mahmudullah earlier said before leaving for West Indies.

“Ahead of the T20 World Cup, every series and every match is very important and we would like to win the series,” he added.

Bangladeshi cricketers need to recover as soon as possible from the sea voyage trauma considering few of them got sick on the ferry after being traumatized by the big waves.

Though Bangladesh result in T20Is is not something to savor considering Tigers won 44 matches from the 125 T20 so far that saw them lose 79 games while two games did not have any result, they somehow managed to come up well against the two-time World Champions.

Bangladesh won five games out of 13 matches against West Indies in the shortest format while they lost seven games while one was abandoned.

Meanwhile, West Indies brought up numerous changes to their squad as this series is seen as a preparation platform for the T20 World Cup and though some of their big guns are missing.

However, they still have firepower in batting and bowling departments to dent Bangladesh’s hopes.