Mashrafe sees hope on slow Oval pitch

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Mashrafe sees hope on slow Oval pitch

Tigers skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza hopes for a good fight against Australia in the fifth match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval. The pitch is expected to help the spinners. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ওভালের স্লো উইকেটই স্বপ্ন দেখাচ্ছে মাশরাফিকে]

Bangladesh played on a flat track in their first game against England. Tamim Iqbal scored a century while Mushfiqur Rahim made 79. The batsmen are confident as they take on the Aussies on Monday.

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“I hope the batsmen will be confident on the wicket which we are going to play,” said Mashrafe, “We have to think about bowlers as well when there is a wicket like this. We have been thinking about it since yesterday (Saturday). I have talked with batsmen to know how much confident they are. Tamim, Mushfiqur are in good form, so as Riyad. I hope there won’t be any problem. The fifth bowler is the only thing to think about.”

The match will be played on the same track which was used in South Africa-Sri Lanka match on Saturday. It had help for the spinners. Imran Tahir went on to pick four wickers for Proteas.

Meanwhile after a fortunate rain-escape in their opening game against New Zealand on Friday, Australia captain Steve Smith is expecting better returns in their showdown against Bangladesh. Ahead of their must-win fixture at The Oval, the Australian captain hinted that the leg-spinner Adam Zampa may come into the side.

“It is a used wicket, the same one that South Africa and Sri Lanka played on yesterday,” he said. “And The Oval can take some spin, so we’ve certainly got that in our mind. But again, we’ll have to have a look tomorrow.”

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com