12:00 AM, March 18, 2014 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:53 AM, March 08, 2015

Relaxed Tigers

Relaxed Tigers

Naimul Karim from Chittagong

Three wins in three matches, albeit against weaker sides, and Bangladesh already seems to have distanced themselves from the rough patch that they had gotten into ever since the start of the Sri Lanka series this year.
The players were visibly a lot more jovial during training yesterday, which had fun breaks amidst the serious sessions. During one such breather, the likes of Nasir Hossain and Shohag Gazi were seemingly having a go at Shakib Al Hasan's banana-peel mantra and attempted to throw a rugby ball into their drinks container; a task they miserably failed at.
That the side has regained a considerable amount of confidence was evident during Sunday's game as well. The spinners were putting the ball in the right areas, Mushfiqur Rahim seemingly overcame his defensive mindset with some aggressive field-placements and the fielders were on the mark.
While Mushfiqur look relieved at the much-needed turnaround, he emphasised the importance of holding on to the momentum.
“Process-wise we are in a good position now. We won the last three games and the main target now will be to keep the momentum. T20 is all about the momentum. A single bowler or a batsman can change the game in an over,” said Mushfiqur at the pre-match press conference at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday.
With wins against Nepal and Hong Kong imminent Mushfiqur believed that there was no room for taking any match lightly.
“Tomorrow's game is very important for us. The last three months the results have not gone our way, so from that aspect we are not ready to give away anything. If we have an opportunity to beat them by ten wickets, we will do that, and even if it's a well-contested game, we will do that as well. Whichever way it goes, we want to win this game by hook or by crook,” said Mushfiqur.
“We saw Nepal's qualifying games and we also saw their practice matches at Fatullah and we have made our plans against them. They won the last game convincingly so they will be confident. Hopefully our plans will fall into place tomorrow as well,” he added.


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