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Mashrafe only focuses to win

Tri-nation series: Tigers to face SL today

Mashrafe only focuses to win

Motivated Bangladesh will face Sri Lanka in their second match of the triangular series to be held today (Friday) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium at Mirpur in the capital, reports BSS. The match will begin at 12 pm. After an overwhelming eight-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the opening match of the series, the Tigers' confidence is now at a peak and they will aim to continue their winning pace against Sri Lanka. Being a host, the Tigers will get extra advantage in their ground and will get local support, which will increase their courage that will help them to show better performance than the first match. Opener Tamim Iqbal showed his excellent form with a match-winning unbeaten knock of 84 runs and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was superb with both his batting and bowling. Bangladesh was able to post a big victory following Shakib's magnificent all-round show. The Tigers restricted Zimbabwe in a small total after Shakib's fierce bowling spells of 4 for 43. He was also shine with bat scoring 37 runs in the first match. The Bangladesh top-order is a tough place to break into these days, so Anamul Haque would be expected to put in a better effort in his second game back in the team after nearly three years. Bowling sensation Mustafizur Rahman and pacer Rubel Hossain also supported Shakib taking two wickets each, but Mustafizur was more economical giving only 24 runs from five overs. Skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza may think that the duo would flare up again and causes the concern of Sri Lankan batsmen and the Tigers' fans must are expecting the same performance from tigers against Sri Lanka. On the other hand, Sri Lanka made a frustrating start in the series with a shocking 12-run defeat to Zimbabwe, the comparatively weaker side in the tournament. Chasing Zimbabwe's massive 291-runs Target Sri Lankan top orders were uncomfortable against the Zimbabwe bowling attacks except opener Kusal Perera who played a fighting 80-run knock while the remaining crumbled. Middle order batsman Thisara Perera fought in the end to chase the target but he eventually could not take his team towards the destination. The Sri Lankan tail-enders' also failed at the same way. The Islanders must be aim to fight back against Bangladesh. They have some quality players like Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews and Upal Tharanga who have ability to change the fate of the match any time. Sri Lankan pacer Asela Gunaratne was superb with ball with a figure 3 for 37 in his seven overs and the Lankan captain may expect the same performance from him in the second match against Bangladesh. Pacer Suranga Lakmal and all-rounder Thisara Perera also strengthened Sri Lankan bowling department. Squads: Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wicket keeper), 5 Mahmudullah, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Sabbir Rahman, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), 9 Sunzamul Islam, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Rubel Hossain. Sri Lanka (probable): 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Kusal Perera, 3 Dinesh Chandimal (wicket keeper), 4 Angelo Mathews/Niroshan Dickwella, 5 Kusal Mendis, 6 Asela Gunaratne, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Suranga Lakmal, 10 Akila Dhananjaya, 11 Dushmantha Chameera. Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said they are only focusing to win against Sri Lanka and want to play the same way that they did against Zimbabwe. He was speaking at a pre match press conference held on Thursday at the conference room of Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket stadium at Mirpur here. Bangladesh will play their second match of the tournament scheduled to be held tomorrow (Friday). Mashrafe said they are self confident but there is no scope to fell not self-complacency as Sri Lanka is very strong side and there is no scope to take them lightly. The speedster said Sri Lanka has quality batsman kike Kusal Perera who have century against Bangladesh. Experienced Upal Tharanga have ability to play a big innings which he played in the past and most important they have talented and effective all-rounder like Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews. Kusal scored his first ODI century against Bangladesh backed in February 22, 2014 in Dhaka while Tharanga also scored his maiden ODI century against the Tigers backed in September 2005 in Colombo. After the first century he has two more centuries against Bangladesh. Hathurusingha's tenure was the most successful one in Bangladesh's cricket history. Even the Sri Lankan himself pointed it out ahead of the series that Bangladesh are competitive and have not lost a home series in two and half years. Last time when Bangladesh played against Sri Lanka, Hathurusingha and Thilan Samaraweera were Bangladesh' side. The Tigers drew all three Test, ODI and T20 series 1-1 during their tour of Sri Lanka last year. When asked concerning Tigers' former head coach Chandika Hathrusingha's matter make any impact on the team or not, Mashrafe said when Hathurusingha left they forgot all of his plans and there is no opportunity to think about him anymore because they are trying to adjust to the ideas of our new coaches. The Narail express said they are now only concentrating on game and aim to win against Zimbabwe. The Tigers' captain said in international cricket it's natural for a coach to face off against their former players and one should have to come out from this. The Narail express said they want to play the same way they did against Zimbabwe in the first match and everyone is focused on that regarding the positive mindset that the team is harbouring.

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