Bangladesh con­fi­dent of Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy chances

New Straits Times - - Sport -

DUBLIN: Bangladesh still have two more warm-up matches be­fore their Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy opener but cap­tain Mashrafe Mor­taza ad­mits their five-wicket vic­tory over New Zealand sends them to Eng­land with con­fi­dence high.

“The warm-up games will be im­por­tant, wick­ets will be dif­fer­ent from here but we will learn some­thing from the games against Pak­istan and In­dia, so they are two big games,” said Mor­taza,

“We missed out in the first game against Ire­land and the first game against New Zealand was tough but we did re­ally well in last two games and con­fi­dence is high at the mo­ment.”

New Zealand, af­ter half cen­turies from skip­per Tom Latham (84), Neil Broom (63) and Ross Tay­lor (60 not out), slumped from 208 for three to fin­ish on 270 for eight while in their win­ning re­ply Bangladesh soared from 199 for five to 271 for five, reach­ing their tar­get with 10 balls to spare.

The stars in the sixth wicket part­ner­ship were Mush­fiqur Rahim who fin­ished 45 not out from 45 balls and Mah­mudul­lah with 46 not out from just 36 balls with six fours and a six which in­cluded his 3,000 one-day in­ter­na­tional run in his 141st match.

“Mah­mudul­lah is very ex­pe­ri­enced,” said his cap­tain. “You can’t buy ex­pe­ri­ence and in our bat­ting side we also have Tamim and Shakib, who is not in the best mood but I’m sure he will come back and Mushy and Mah­mudul­lah are also in the runs so hope­fully we can go on from here.”

Latham was named man of the se­ries af­ter adding to the cen­tury he scored against Ire­land in their pre­vi­ous game, but he praised the play­ers who came into this se­ries to re­place those still at the In­dian Pre­mier League.

“Guys not usu­ally in the side have stepped up like Hamish Ben­nett, Scott Kuggeleijn and Colin Munro, they all played a part through­out the se­ries and that’s good for the depth of New Zealand cricket,” he said. AFP

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