Dhaka, Oct 30 (IANS) Right-arm seamer Taskin Ahmed is delighted over the prospects of being paired with Mustafizur Rahman in Bangladesh’s pace attack in the forthcoming Zimbabwe series.

Taskin feels he and Mustafizur will do fine as partners. “I am hoping our partnership will be entertaining. Mustafiz will terrorise (batsmen) with his variations, while I do it with pace,” Taskin told bdnews24.com.

The young duo had earlier shared the new ball in Mustafizur’s first two One-Day Internationals (ODIs), against India in June. India got off to a fine start before Taskin brought the breakthroughs in the first match.

He took out Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli before Mustafizur tore through India’s the batting order with a five-wicket haul on debut. They also opened the bowling in the next match.

Taskin suffered an injury and bowled only four overs before Mustafizur made history with a six-wicket haul. Taskin was ruled out of the third match and went on to miss the whole South Africa series.

He returned for Bangladesh A’s tour of India but suffered another injury there. But he is looking forward to playing against Zimbabwe in the forthcoming limited-over series.

Bangladesh have commenced their practice at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. “I will bowl bouncers from one end, while Mustafizur decks cutters from the other to keep the batsmen confused and uneasy all the time,” he said.

Both Taskin and Mustafizur are 20-year-olds. The tall speedstar revealed they got along fine off the field as well. “I have a great understanding with him. We are almost the same age and he’s a good guy, too, great as a comrade.” Zimbabwe are set to arrive in Bangladesh on November 2, for three ODIs and two Twenty20s.


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