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11:00 PM, August 12, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, August 12, 2009

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Shakib not getting complacent


SHAKIB AL HASAN

Stand-in skipper Shakib Al Hasan was on the lookout against complacency despite the Tigers tightening their grips on Zimbabwe by winning the first two games of the five-match series quite convincingly.
“I believe we have been successful so far because we could keep our concentration going for the entire match. Also, we never allowed pressure to get to us. The boys are playing according to the game plan and I attribute the results to team effort," Shakib, who led from the front with a blazing hundred to script a 49-run victory in the second match, was quoted as saying in TigerCricket.com.
"The series is still open and that's why we just need to keep our focus and do our job in the middle,” he said.
Bangladesh have now won seven ODIs on the trot with Shakib himself is on a five-match unbeaten streak as captain. They will play their third one-dayer at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo tomorrow.
The 22-year old left-hander Shakib hit a dazzling 64-ball 104, the fastest century by a Bangladeshi and the ninth quickest in ODI history, and took two wickets to star in Bangladesh's victory in the second match after former skipper Mohammed Ashraful guided the team to an eight-wicket victory in the first match with a hundred.
The world's number one all-rounder in the one-day rankings was determined to maintain the momentum and regarding his own eye-catching form the 22-year-old felt that attitude was key.
“I have seen that you have more chances of succeeding if you go into a game in a positive frame of mind. I have tried to be positive and it has worked for me so far,” said Shakib.
The Bangladesh players, fresh from their 49-run win in the second ODI, had a much needed day's rest yesterday in Bulawayo in their hectic schedule. With a two-day gap before the third match the cricketers took this opportunity to get over their tiredness.
“There was swimming, recovery and massage today. The boys stayed at the hotel and rested. They have been playing non-stop so this was a welcome break. Some of the boys have slight niggles and they had treatment,” informed team operations manager Shafiqul Haque Hira.
The Tigers will return to practice today afternoon to prepare for the game on Friday which could very well be the series clinching one.

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