DHAKA : Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal and Assistant Coach Khaled Mahmud look ahead to tomorrow’s third ODI.
On the top order collapses in both matches
We fully understand that we have not done our job. I agree with the captain that one of the top three should have gone on to make a big score in the second match, especially after such a great start. I am not happy at the way I have batted so far but hopefully you’ll see a proper approach tomorrow.
Regarding the mood in the dressing room
We were a touch nervous after losing the first match. We had been so dominating in the last few months that such a result was quite unexpected. We lost the game in batting. However, after yesterday’s performance the confidence is back. The momentum is with us now.
On the pitches
I love batting here at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. For me a good wicket is that where the ball comes on to the bat. You can’t blame the wicket for our loss in the first match because we had great batting conditions on both days.
Target in the series
It’s not right to predict a 4-1 or 3-2. I know that if we play our best game then we’ll win the series. The second match was a good exhibition of the talent of our team and we still haven’t played to our full potential. We can get even better.
On the pace bowling woes
They (the pacers) are doing okay in practice but somehow they have not managed to take that into the main games. These are not easy tracks to bowl on for the pace bowlers and wayward bowling will be punished. Maybe they should become a bit defensive and look to restrict the runs rather than attacking. With the spinners doing so well the pacers should just try and check the run flow and create pressure.
Whether Bangladesh should consider playing another spinner in the third match
It’s an interesting idea but no matter who we put in the playing eleven the batsmen have to do their job first. If we bat first we should be targeting in the region of 260-270 which I believe we can defend with the bowling we have. If we are chasing then we can’t afford to become 50 for three again.