The win is a confidence booster before final: Mosaddek Hossain
After four consecutive defeats, Bangladesh have, at last, tore the losing streak against Afghanistan in T20Is. The last group match before the Tri-series final saw Bangladesh winning by 4 wickets following Shakib Al Hasan’s heroics.
Skipper Shakib hit an unbeaten 70 off 45 balls to guide Bangladesh to the winning target of 139-6 in 19 overs after young off-spinner Afif Hossain led the bowling effort with 2-9, helping the home side restrict Afghanistan to 138-7 in 20 overs.
“A win can always give confidence. We have gained a momentum on how to encounter Afghanistan. We played calculative cricket, hope we will be able to keep that in the final as well,”
He further reckoned chasing the victory target was quite difficult in the last match because the wicket was not as usual as Chittagong tracks.
“After 4/5 overs of bowling, I figured out the wicket was not quite similar like before. It was spinning a bit and when we stepped to bat, it got tougher,” he added.
But he admitted that the final encounter would be different from any other matches. “A final is a final whether you win five consecutive matches or not. We are confident that we have won one more match than Afghanistan. The team should stick to the game plan.”
“It was really necessary to win that match before the final. We played well in the last two matches. If the team could keep continue the good work, winning the final would be not difficult I think,” Mosaddek said.
Watch Afif’s 2 wickets in one over here-