Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza is cautious of the muscle energy of West Indies batsmen, announcing they’re large hitters who can temporarily trade the momentum in a one-day global. Mortaza, who will lead Bangladesh into the primary of the three-match ODI sequence towards West Indies on Sunday, does no longer need his staff to be complacent although it swept the new two-match take a look at sequence.
As a substitute, he desires it to be centered, believing focus can lend a hand avid gamers achieve an early merit within the sequence. “They have got large muscle energy of their batting lineup,” Mortaza mentioned. “What we have now noticed (is) that they have got some avid gamers who’ve nearly modified the sport towards India just lately on this layout. They may be able to spoil any bowling lineup on their day. The shorter the layout is, the simpler the West Indies is, so we need to centered at the first sport to start with quite than considering of whitewash.”
The tournament can be the 200th ODI for Mortaza, making him the primary Bangladesh participant to succeed in that mark. And, since Bangladesh’s handiest ODI sequence prior to the 2019 Global Cup in England starts in Would possibly will happen in New Zealand, the 3 video games may well be Mortaza’s ultimate at house as he hints towards retirement after the development.
“It’s a large fulfillment however not anything is extra essential that (Sunday’s) tournament,” mentioned Mortaza, 35, who will stand in Bangladesh’s upcoming 11th nationwide parliamentary election from his constituency, Narail-2, on Dec. 30. “(Sunday’s) tournament is essential. We should win it if we wish to achieve the momentum for the entire sequence.”
The captain mentioned it’s been a reduction for Bangladesh to have Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal again for the sequence. Each Bangladesh stalwarts had been injured all through the Asia Cup within the United Arab Emirates in September, and even if Shakib returned for the take a look at sequence towards West Indies, it will be the first tournament since for Tamim.
“Clearly, Shakib and Tamim being within the staff is a huge merit,” Mortaza mentioned. “The truth that Tamim performed the observe tournament and made runs is a huge reduction for us and him as neatly.”
Tamim’s go back left Bangladesh to come to a decision its best order mixture on account of different avid gamers’ variety. “Having an in-form best order is a candy drawback to have,” Mortaza mentioned. “It could be the case that a number of of them (may bat decrease down the order). Not anything is certain.”
West Indies has no longer gained a bilateral ODI sequence since its victory towards Bangladesh at house in 2014, however captain Rovman Powell is assured his staff will flip it round. “We haven’t gained an ODI sequence in a very long time,” Powell mentioned. “The blokes are upbeat and raring to head. No higher alternative to switch it in Bangladesh. We’ve performed some pretty cricket in India however we didn’t get the effects that we would have liked.”
Powell believes successful the important thing second of the sport shall be essential in deciding the sequence. “It’s going to be very equivalent,” he mentioned. “Each groups have excellent spinners, rapid bowlers and batters. It’s going to be an excessively aggressive sequence, and it is going to come right down to who wins the ones key moments in each and every sport.”