Highly spirited Bangladesh to face Sri Lanka after the classy landmark prior to Mission ODI
Rohit Reshammiya Hashmi
Bangladesh’s limited over skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said that it was joyous to watch his nation winning their 100th Test. He believes that the victory will definitely have its impact on their forthcoming limited overs’ series against Sri Lanka. “The players who have come here to play ODIs are lucky that we have witnessed the dressing room and the players’ feelings during that win. Most of the Test squad will be in the ODIs, so they will be mentally motivated ahead of the ODI series”, he insisted.
Mortaza has further concluded that it’s important that they start well & be relaxed, as they are going to play the white-ball cricket after five Test matches. In past, Bangladesh have met the hosting nation at the Lankans’ territory in 16 limited overs encounters, out of which the Bangla Tigers have won just one which came in their last series in 2013 at Pallekele.
“Personally, it has never helped me to look at the past. May be other players can get motivated. But I don’t take motivation form past. I have so many games in the past, and lost most of them. But that does not mean that I cannot win in the future”, Mortaza said.
Things look brightly boosted up on the Tigers’ brigade as they fought strong in the warm up game against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI squad, but agonizingly lost by a close margin of just 2 runs! Although a defeat, but there were featuring heroics by Sabbir Rahman (72), Mosaddek Hossain Saikat (53), an all-important comeback innings by senior lad Mahmudullah Riyad & a late blitz from captain Mashrafe Mortaza (58 runs off just 35 deliveries).
Various fans & several experts speculated about the concluding result to be different if Bangladesh have had two of their key stars Tamim Iqbal & Shakib Al Hasan fielded in. Meanwhile, teenage off-break bowler Mehedi Hasan Miraz who was a vital part of Bangladesh’s squad that defeated Sri Lanka in the last Test, has been granted a maiden ODI call up. Miraz joins the ODI squad for the series as the 17th inclusion.
On the other side, Sri Lanka’s wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera has been ruled out of the first two ODIs, after he sustained a hamstring injury during the warm up. The first of the three-match ODI series is all set to take place on Saturday. Let’s put our eyes on a briefly detailed note regarding the series :
Bangladesh squad: Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Taskin Ahmed, Nurul Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat , Rubel Hossain, Tamim Iqbal, Sanjamul Islam, Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim, Subashis Roy, Mehedi Hasan Miraz and Soumya Sarkar.
Sri Lanka squad: Upul Tharanga (captain), Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vikum Sanjaya, Thisara Perera, Sachith Pathirana, Seekkuge Prasanna, Lakshan Sandakan.
Fixture Accordingly With Bangladesh Standard Time: Ist ODI on 25th March in Dambulla, at 15:00
2nd ODI on 28th March in Dambulla, at 15:00
3rd ODI on Ist April in Colombo, at 10:00