Mehidy Hasan hoped for an improved show at Sylhet. @ AFP
Mehidy Hasan hoped for an improved show at Sylhet. @ AFP

Bangladesh spinner Mehidy Hasan believes the hosts can draw inspiration from their away series win in the West Indies to clinch win the three-match series decider on Friday.

Interestingly, in July, after the Windies registered a clean sweep in the Test series 2-0, Bangladesh fought back hard to win the opening ODI by 48 runs. Windies levelled the series in the next match, but the tourists sealed the decider by 18 runs to take the series. The Tigers also won the T20 Twenty Internationals after trailing 0-1.

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This time around, Bangladesh are in a similar situation at home. After winning the opening one-dayer, Windies bounced back with Shai Hope registering a career-best 146 to guide the visitors to an emphatic four-wicket win in Dhaka.

“We started off very well, but we failed to finish off in the right manner. We were probably 20 runs short and it would have been better if we had those 20 runs on the board. But we are not out of the series yet,” Mehidy was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz on Wednesday.

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“The last game is a do-or-die game for us. Whenever we are placed in such do-or-die situations we come back strongly. In the West Indies we won the series in the last match and we are taking inspiration from it. So, it’s a good opportunity for us in the last game against the visitors and we hope to come back strongly in that game.”

Put into to bat, Bangladesh were in the driver’s seat at 193 for 3 in the 41st over, but Windies tightened the screws in the end that saw the hosts post 255.

Bangladesh’s bowling at the death lacked any intent with Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman giving 26 runs in two overs to bring the run chase down to 6 off the last over.

“In the last couple of matches we failed to execute our plans in the slog overs [particularly the pace bowlers] and if we can improve in those areas, it will benefit us. Our batsmen are doing well and they just need to continue with that.

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“Shai Hope is playing excellent cricket and in the last game it was a chanceless effort, so we need to work on how to stop him. They won because they played well while we lacked in some areas. We just need to improve on that,” he said.

The fielding too by the home team was way below par. Mehidy hoped for an improved show at Sylhet. “Missing catches is a part of cricket. We took some brilliant catches as well. Sometimes just due to misjudgment we fail to grip the ball but that is part of the game and hopefully we will make a turnaround in [next] game,” he said.