Dhaka, May 19 (UNB) — Bangladesh national cricket team wanted to win the final of the just-concluded tri-nation series in Ireland at any cost, said all-rounder Farhad Reza upon his return to Dhaka after the triumph.
Farhad had got the chance in the squad of Ireland tri-series but failed to impress the team management to get selected in the playing XI.
“We never thought that we can lose the match. We just wanted to win the final against West Indies at any cost. I think our positive mindset helped us to seal the game,” Farhad told the reporters.
Before the final, Bangladesh had beaten the Carribean boys twice in the league stage games, which had earned the favourite tag for the Tigers, and eventually, they proved their capability in the final as well.
While batting first, West Indies put up 131 in 20.1 overs. After that, the rain came in and washed five hours away. Due to the interruption, the match was reduced to a 24-overs-a-side affair. West Indies finished their innings on 152 for one wicket in 24 overs.
However, as per the DL method, Bangladesh got a revised target of 210. SoumyaSarkar and MosaddekHossain two brilliant fifties to seal the game for the Tigers, which helped them to win their first-ever title in a multi-nation cricketing event.
“It was tough to adapt to the condition because there was too much cold. However, we wanted to stay positive and play our natural game,” Farhad added.
Bangladesh team is now in England to prepare ahead of the World Cup. They will start their World Cup assault with the match against South Africa on June 2. Before that, the Tigers will play two warm-up games against Pakistan and India respectively on 26 and 28 May.
Dhaka, May 18 (UNB) - Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and three other cricketers Taskin Ahmed, Yasir Ali and Naeem Hasan returned home on Saturday after clinching the trophy of a multi-nation tournament for the first time beating West Indies in the Tri-Nation Series in Ireland.
A flight of Emirates Airlines carrying Mashrafe and trio landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:20pm.
ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will stay in the country for three days before joining the World Cup squad in England.
Farhad Reza, the other player who was selected for Ireland series only, will return home on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh team will leave Ireland for England to take a six-day intensive training there till May 23 at their own costs ahead of taking hospitality as an ICC World Cup team in the UK.
Dhaka, May 18 (UNB) - Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and four other cricketers are set to return home after clinching the trophy of a multi-nation tournament for the first time beating West Indies in the Tri-Nation Series in Ireland on Friday.
Bangladesh’s most successful skipper, Mashrafe, finally lifted the dream trophy on the seventh occasion overcoming their title drought in the last six finals in a decade.
Bangladesh team are scheduled to leave Ireland for England on Saturday (May 18) to take a six-day intensive training there till May 23 at their own costs ahead of taking hospitality as an ICC World Cup team in the UK.
Four cricketers of the Ireland-bound Bangladesh team are returning home along with Mashrafee.
Of them, Mashrafe, Taskin Ahmed and Nayeem Hasan were supposed to fly for Bangladesh on Saturday night (local time) while Farhad Reza and Yasir Rabbi on Sunday morning.
Besides, national opener Tamim Iqbal will fly for Dubai to spend vacation with his family members there and will join the national team in England on May 23.
Besides, national selector Habibul Bashar Sumon will join the national team in England on May 24.
Dhaka, May 18 (UNB) — Mosaddek Hossain, who helped Tigers win their first-ever multi-nation cricket event, said it was a great preparation for Bangladesh ahead of their World Cup campaign in England and Wales.
The right-handed middle-order batsman hit 52 off 24 with five sixes and two fours. His innings was the match-deciding affair for the Tigers. Along the way, he completed his fifty off 20 balls, which is now the fastest fifty in ODIs for Bangladesh.
“We’ve won our first title in international cricket which feels really good. But the biggest thing we got from this series is the great preparation ahead of the World Cup,” he told the media after the match.
He said Tigers can hope for a good result if they can bat and bowl in the World Cup the same way they did in Ireland.
Bangladesh have played six finals before the last one but failed to win any of them. Their biggest heartbreak came in 2009 when they failed win against Sri Lanka in a tri-nation series final.
On Friday, Tigers chased a target of 210 in 24 overs to beat the Carribean boys at The Village, Dublin.
“The wickets of the World Cup will be better (for the batsmen), and if I need to bat down the order like this, I’ll try my best to help the team,” Mosaddek said.
“What matters is that we’re heading to the World Cup with ample confidence,” he said.
Dhaka, May 18 (UNB)— After winning the first-ever multi-nation cricket event, Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has insisted that it is just the beginning for the Tigers.
“It’s been a long time [since] we won [a final]. But eventually, we did it on the seventh attempt, and hopefully, it’s just a start. We’ll continue in this manner in future,” he told the media in Ireland.
Bangladesh beat West Indies by five wickets on Friday at Dublin chasing a target of 210 in 24 overs set following the D/L method.
Tigers beat West Indies twice in the league stage. The way Bangladesh played in the league stage showed that it was their time to win the title.
But the weather on the day of the final was not ideal. The game had to be stopped for five hours when West Indies were batting at 131 without any wicket in 20.1 overs. When the match resumed, it was reduced to 24-over-a-side.
West Indies scored 152 for one in their stipulated 24 overs. But the target was raised to 210 following the D/L method.
The flaccid wicket after the rain and a high asking rate of 8.75 were enough to make Bangladesh fear about the result. But the Tigers responded according to the situation.
Soumya Sarkar and Mosaddek Hossain’s bravery helped them lift the title for the first time. At the end of the day, Mashrafe said the wicket was not that bad even after rain.
“The wicket was really good and when we bowled, we understood it's favouring the batsmen. Tamim and Soumya gave us a good start, Mushfiqur batted well while Mosaddek and Mahmudullah finished it well too,” Mashrafe said.
Bangladesh had taken the tri-nation series as their final chance to get prepared ahead of the World Cup. Winning the series undefeated, the Tigers told the cricketing world that they are ready to lock horns with anyone.
“These tough wins will surely boost us in the World Cup to chase big targets or put up big totals on the board, though, the World Cup will really be a big challenge for us as well,” Mashrafe said.