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Tigers eye clean sweep

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  • 27 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Tigers eye clean sweep

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Bangladesh will be eyeing to complete a clean sweep when they take on hosts UAE in the last game of the two-match T20I series in Dubai today.

The match is scheduled to start at 08:00pm (BST) and will be telecast live on GTV.

The Tigers earlier survived a huge scare in the opening match and only defeated the hosts by seven runs in the last over of the game to go 1-0 up in the series on Sunday.

Bangladesh, who were reduced to 77-5 in the 11th over of their innings after being sent into bat first, posted 158-5 after Afif Hossain (77 not out) and Nurul Hasan (35 not out) put up an unbeaten stand of 81 runs for the sixth wicket.

Bangladesh then demonstrated some lacklustre bowling and fielding efforts which nearly cost them the game but Mehidy Hasan Miraz (3-17) and Shoriful Islam (3-21) bowled superbly while the inexperience of the opponents also saved their faces at the end.

The Tigers, which will travel to New Zealand to play a tri-series after the match, will surely be looking to make improvements in the last game in order to finish the series on a high note. 

“We needed to win a game desperately and we had to win the game in pressure because we lost such matches (when we were in pressure) in the past,” said Mehidy on Monday.

“We came close to winning and then we lost in the recent past. In the last match, it was nearly the same but our bowlers came back brilliantly. Everyone was confident (at that time) and it will help us in the World Cup,” he added.

Bangladesh were without senior cricketers in the game but Afif said that they did not feel any extra pressure to fill their shoes.

“There is no extra pressure on us even if we don't have a few senior players. We always have to play the best XI. I hope I can score runs in the next match as well,” Afif said after the match.

“It was a little difficult in the beginning. The ball was gripping. The top order could not do well. I hope they will do well in the next match. It’s not a problem at all,” he added.

Soumya Sarkar, who last played a T20I back in November last year, is likely to open the innings in the match.

Bangladesh will return home on September 28 while they will fly to New Zealand on September 30 to play the tri-series comprising the hosts and Pakistan. Later they will travel to Australia to play in the ICC T20 World Cup.