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We want to end the year on a winning note: Mashrafe

Bangladesh will be playing their last ODI in this year when they will take on Windies on Friday and skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza wants to end the year on a winning note.

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After winning the first ODI comfortably, Bangladesh failed to defend 256 runs in the second ODI and Windies leveled the series courtesy of an amazing unbeaten knock by Shai Hope.

Coming into the last and final ODI with both sides in pressure, a bit of concern increases for the hosts after Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar failed to perform well in the first two ODIs. The inclusion of Kayes has also forced to drop Soumya down the order.

With World Cup around the corner, Mashrafe believes it’s important to settle the batting order as soon as possible.

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“To be honest, we have set players till the World Cup at number five and six,” Mortaza said ahead of the final ODI against the Windies at Sylhet. “If you think about Mithun (Mohammad), we can also play Shakib at number three, he was scoring runs at number three. But since Imrul (did well)… and we were looking for a number three – if Shakib bats at number five the depth in batting improves. In the recent Asia Cup, Liton did well in in the final especially. Then Imrul scored against Zimbabwe, and a position was created at number three from among the four of them.”

“It is a nice feeling, but at the same time we also need an adjustment – whether we can rest a player even after he has scored runs. The team’s balance is important. I don’t think we have reached the position where we can keep negative thoughts. Shakib can play at number three – he is the team’s most flexible player, mentally. And Mithun is there at five-six. So I won’t say that it has created restlessness yet, but it is important to settle this,” he added.

As Mashrafe only plays ODIs for Bangladesh right now, this will be his last match for Bangladesh this year and the skipper wants to end the series on high and feels the win would boost the side’s confidence for the T20Is.

“I said after the first match that this year’s percentage will be very good if we can win. We had an opportunity to win a very big tournament. We also lost the tri-nation final early in the year. But other than that this year has been a good one in the one-day format. So it will be good if we can end on a winning note. It will help even in the T20 series that will follow. Maybe the conditions in New Zealand will be very different. In sports, confidence is very important and makes the difference between winning and losing,” he concluded.

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