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Tigers eye maiden multi-nation series trophy

Take on West Indies in Tri-Nation Series final Friday

16 May 2019, 20:30

NTV Online

After displaying a good performance throughout the event, Bangladesh are  well-prepared to take on West Indies in the final of the ongoing Tri-Nation Series at the Village in Dublin, Ireland on Friday eying their maiden multi-nation cricket trophy.

The final match between the Caribbean boys and the Tigers will kick off at 3:45pm Bangladesh time, the UNB reported.

State-owned BTV, satellite TV networks Maasranga Television and Gazi TV will telecast the match live. At the same time, it will be broadcast by Rabbithole on YouTube.

Bangladesh smartly reached the final of the Tri-Nation Series as the lone unbeaten team beating West Indies twice and hosts Ireland once in league basis matches and now time has come for the Tigers to overcome the last hurdle in the final to clinch their first-ever trophy in a multi-nation series.

During the last decade, Bangladesh played six finals but failed to win any of them.

They lost the first final against Sri Lanka in 2009 in Dhaka. After that, they lost Asia Cup finals on three occasions and finally lost the Nidahas Trophy Tri-Nation Series final in Sri Lanka last year.

However, former captain of Bangladesh team Khaled Mahmud believes that the Tigers are now at the pick time to win the final of a multi-nation event.

‘It’s always heartbreaking to lose a final. The pain is even more to lose a close game in the final. It was really unfortunate to lose a final against Pakistan just by two runs (in 2012 Asia Cup). I think we’ve learnt many things after that. And it’s true that we’re underdog during the previous finals but now, we’re favourites in Ireland. We played like the favourites, too. Luck is very important (to win a final). I hope we can win the luck with our skills in this final,’ Mahmud told reporters on Thursday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

‘Bangladesh should think their playing XI considering the condition and the wicket. Bangladesh may go with Miraz (Mehidy Hasan). We’ve played with four pacers in the last match. Before doing so in the final, we have to think more,’ Mahmud also added.

In the last two games against the Caribbean boys, Bangladesh chased 261 and 247 comfortably. Soumya Sarkar hit fifties in both of the matches. He will also be one of the most important weapons of the Tigers in the final. At the same time, Bangladesh can hope something big from Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad as well.

However, Bangladesh might miss the service of Shakib Al Hasan, who is now under observation of 24 hours due to a suspected side strain. Bangladesh team manager Minhazul Abedin said they are not to comment about Shakib’s availability before his observation has ended.

In the previous game against Ireland, Shakib left the field after 36th over due to pain on his back. Before that, he hit a fifty off 51 balls. If Shakib fails to make it to the final, it will be a tough task for the Tigers to fill up his gap.

Bangladesh can make several changes in the final. Soumya Sarkar, who missed the last game, might come back in the place of Liton Das who, however, hit a fifty in the last match. Along with Soumya, Mustafizur Rahman can also be back to the playing XI to replace Rubel Hossain who failed to impress in the last game.

If Shakib misses the final, Mehidy Hasan, who missed the last game, might come back to replace him. At the same time, Mohammad Mithun might also be included in the place of Mosaddek Hossain Saikat.

Bangladesh probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan/Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mhamudullah Riyad, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed Rahi.