We need to bat long against New Zealand: Tamim Iqbal
Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das have been unable to give Bangladesh a decent start. (AFP Image)

Tamim Iqbal has urged Bangladesh’s top-order batsmen to play patiently and not lose wickets in the opening 10 overs as the team attempts at avoiding a 0-3 whitewash against New Zealand in the third ODI in Dunedin on Wednesday. (READ: Guptill ton secures series for New Zealand)

In both matches, batting first, Bangladesh’s top order failed to respond well against Trent Boult and Co. In the first game, Boult, Matt Henry and Colin de Grandhomme reduced them to 42 for 3 in the eighth over while in the second, Tamim and his partner Liton Das were again dismissed cheaply by New Zealand’s new-ball pair of Boult and Henry. As a result, in both matches, Bangladesh had to play catch up after the early blows and had to make do with totals of 323 and 226.

With the series already lost, Tamim called for caution in the first ten overs if Bangladesh are to avoid a clean sweep. “Whoever comes in need to bat long,” Tamim told reporters ahead of the third ODI. (READ: Trent Boult, Mahmudullah charged by ICC for breaching Code of Conduct in 2nd ODI)

“To be honest I will only hope that we don’t give away the game in the opening 10 overs because if you lose couple of wickets in the opening 10 overs it gets difficult to make a comeback. I think we did that in the opening two games and paid the price and we hope not to make those mistakes in the next game.”

Bangladesh remain winless against the Black Caps in New Zealand after another loss over the weekend, in which the batting and bowling again did not compete strongly enough. The visitors have regularly lost their openers early and further losses have meant that the pressure has fallen on Mohammad Mithun and the lower order to get the total past 200. Mithun has done well with two fifties and in both ODIs one batsman has chipped in below, but there just has not been enough firepower with bat and ball to push New Zealand.

To be honest, the wickets were very good, especially in the first match,” Tamim pointed out. “We knew that their two opening bowlers start very well and we gave away four wickets. The wicket was good in the second game as well but they had some help due to the weather and conditions at that time following the rain.

“Last year we played some good cricket but could not win but this year we have not been able to play good cricket. Last time we put up a fight but this year there was no contest. I don’t know why we are failing to beat them here despite coming to New Zealand on three to four occasions. Because we have beaten them in Ireland and England and so there is no reason why we cannot beat them here. First of all we need to play good cricket and we need to do it quickly as World Cup is not very far ahead.”