Shakib Al Hasan, the current number one all-rounder of the cricket world, conceded that the Bangladesh set-up will take time to get acclimatized to the unfamiliar conditions of Ireland after their first game against the home side was abandoned due to rain. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ সাকিবের কণ্ঠে কিউই বধের প্রত্যয়]
The Ireland camp won the toss and sent Bangladesh to bat in seaming conditions. The young pacer Peter Chase took advantage of the pitch, pick up three wickets as Bangladesh were reduced to 70 for 4.
It was Tamim Iqbal who were 64 not out, helped the visitors to make 157 for 4 before rain came. Shakib said on Friday “It is different to what we were used to early on and it was not easy, but as the ball got older and softer the ball was coming nicely onto the bat,.”
“It was a good experience, and we are now looking forward to the next game, against New Zealand,” he observed.
Shakib also talked about the knocks of both Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah. “Tamim played beautifully,” he said. “He applied himself really well and so did Mahmudullah who was 43 not out. That partnership changed the momentum and we started controlling the game.”
Bangladesh will face New Zealand in Dublin on Sunday. The good news for team Tigers is that Mashrafe Mortaza, the regular captain, is set to be back in action after serving his one-match suspension as a result of maintaining slow over-rate during the third ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo last month.
“They have a new team, as some players are still in the IPL, so they will be missing some of experience, but they are still the fourth-ranked team and they will come hard at us,” Shakib added.
“We played them a few months ago, it wasn’t so good for as we didn’t too well in New Zealand but these are different conditions, a different scenario and we are hoping to do well” he said.