The veteran pacer also said that the 3rd ODI is the last match in which they could experiment, before they heading to Ireland for a Tri series involving the hosts and West Indies
The veteran pacer also said that the 3rd ODI is the last match in which they could experiment, before they heading to Ireland for a Tri series involving the hosts and West Indies

After conceding the three-match ODI series against New Zealand with losses in the first two, Bangladesh s ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza hopes that his team can take a consolation win in the third ODI in Dunedin and take the confidence heading in to the World Cup in May later this year.

Things did not happen the way we wanted to [on this tour] but let’s see, there is still a game left to get some confidence going into the Ireland and World Cup,” Mortaza told Cricbuzz ahead of the third ODI.

The veteran pacer also said that the 3rd ODI is the last match in which they could experiment, before they head to Ireland for a Tri-series involving the hosts and West Indies, which will act as precursor to the World Cup for Bangladesh. Bangladesh, will however, take on New Zealand in a three-match Test series, after the ODIs.

“In Ireland we will be going with the World Cup team, so maybe this is the last match before the World Cup. I think there is nothing much to change and these guys are experienced enough to do well, he said.

Despite getting good batting tracks in the first two ODIs, Bangladesh s top-order falter, exposing the middle-order to the new ball and Mortaza hoped that in the 3rd ODI, which he expects will be another batting wicket, his top order can get some form back.

“Napier [where the series opener was played] was a solid wicket to bat on, maybe adjusting to it takes a bit of time but all those things count as an excuse when you lose by 2-0,” Mortaza told reporters ahead of the third match at Dunedin. “Hopefully we will come up with some good things tomorrow, when our top order can bat well, letting our middle-order exposed at the end instead.

“As far as I know, New Zealand played against England and they scored 340 while New Zealand chased it down in 45 overs. So we are expecting a very good batting track and hopefully we will think about it and plan accordingly, he added.