For both Bangladesh and hosts Sri Lanka, the importance of winning the upcoming three-match ODI series between the sides was made clear during the grand pre-series press conference at the Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo yesterday.
New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner said his five wickets were the just reward for the hard work he put in, especially bowling short deliveries and putting in a lot of effort into his overs, after getting Bangladesh bowled out cheaply on a decent wicket to bat on on the first day of the Hamilton Test.
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal said they have only themselves to blame after folding for 234 despite making an excellent start in the first Test against New Zealand in Hamilton today. The left-hander, who got out for a 128-ball 126, saw his teammates giving their wickets away cheaply on a surface which looked greenish but offered little assistance to the bowlers.
Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Tamim Iqbal were the last two members of the squad to reach the Scenic Hotel in Napier to join the team after a car journey of over six hours from Auckland yesterday.
Bangladesh and Comilla Victorians batsman Tamim Iqbal said that he took a leaf out of Mashrafe Bin Mortaza’s book to infuse not only imbue himself with confidence but also the team.
Dhaka Dynamites had everything a T20 team would want in their arsenal to win the final of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Yesterday, however, Comilla Victorians had something better in the form of a single player.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza's Rangpur Riders look to have hit top gear when it matters most, confirming first place in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) with a whopping nine-wicket victory over Comilla Victorians in their last league match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
After scoring a match-winning 42-ball 73, Comilla Victorians’ opener Tamim Iqbal came to the post-match press conference and said, after two consecutive ducks, he was ‘very nervous’ before taking the crease.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza caused a top-order collapse for Comilla Victorians with his spell, picking up the wickets of four top-order batsmen. He removed the likes of Evin Lewis and Steve Smith but it was his Bangladesh teammate Tamim Iqbal’s wicket which held the most value for the Rangpur skipper.