Nasir Hossain Feels Bangladesh can Win if they post over ‘300-run Mark’ in ODIs
Ahead of the three-match One-day international series opener- the Bangladesh all-rounder Nasir Hossain believes his national side is capable of winning a game if they will post over 300 runs and bowlers would be equally able to do their splendid job against the formidable South Africa led by Faf du Plessis.
“If we can score more than 300 then maybe there will be a possibility to win,” Hossain told reporters in Northern Cape.
Tigers will face South Africa in the first ODI at Diamond Oval in Kimberley, after being humiliated in the two-match Test series by hosts South Africa.
Earlier, in the practice fixture against South Africa Invitational XI in Bloemfontein, Bangladesh was restricted to 255 in 48.1 overs, as the hosts won the match by six wickets with 21 balls to spare.
“From what I have seen and however much I have batted, I thought the wicket was very good,” Nasir remarked.
The 25-year-old Hossain was named in the 15-member squad for the 50-over series against the Proteas.
To boost the morale of the youngsters, the experienced fast bowler Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has returned to the side – to lead the team which has recently received the drubbing from the hosts.
Hossain asserted that the wicket for the first ODI is expected to be the flat on after analysing the Bloemfontein wicket.
“It was a flat wicket. I think the match wicket will also be similarly flat. If we want to win, we have to score more than 300, and the bowlers have to work hard,” Hossain maintained.
The batting all-rounder Hossain, who has been the regular player across formats for Bangladesh until 2014, was overlooked owing to his unimpressive run with the bat of late.
Hossain further believes they are supposed to work hard in a bid to give the tough time to the hosts while adding they can even win under the score of 300, but which would further require a significant all-round effort.
“If we score less, we can still win, but that will be very hard. It won’t be easy to get wickets here. There is not much in the wicket for the bowlers,” Hossain asserted.
In May 2017, Hossain represented Bangladesh in the previous ODI fixture against New Zealand in the triangular series at Dublin.
Hossain, who is under no delusion and eventually aware about the ICC World ranked No. two South Africa, as the visitors are bound to face the stern test on bouncier pitches which has further offered assistance to the pacers which is further termed as flat for the limited-overs series.
Moreover, after the Bangladesh Cricket Board-approved (BCB) sabbatical, world-renowned all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has returned to the ODI fold, as Hossain feels the partnership will play a crucial part versus a top-notch side – South Africa.
Hossain, who made his debut in 2011, as he represented the Tigers in 59 ODI in which he scored 1,044 runs at an average of 32.35. He smashed a solitary hundred and six fifties to his name.
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