Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh 2017: Sri Lanka Have A More Matured Squad In ODIs Than Tests: Mashrafe Mortaza
Brimming with confidence after registering a historic Test win in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh would be keen to replicate a similar performance when they take on the hosts in the upcoming three-match ODI series.
However, their skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is under no illusion that winning the ODIs against Sri Lanka in their own backyard will be no less than a herculean task.
“I think Sri Lanka have a more matured squad in the ODIs than the Tests. It is not going to be easy for us. Small innings can change things in the ODIs and T20s. We have to try to execute our plans to the full, or we just have to fight till the end,” Mortaza told journalists on the eve of the opening ODI in Dambulla.
Bangladesh’s last ODI game was in December against New Zealand but Mortaza is happy that most of the Test players are in the ODI squad so they would not find it too tough to make adjustments.
“If you look at our ODI squad, most of them are playing in Tests as well. It will help them perform in ODIs. But in the last three months, we have played five Tests and not ODIs. It is a totally different ball-game now. We have to be very careful in the first match and stick to our plans,” Mortaza said.
“I think our batters are in good form, but all three departments have to come to the party in ODIs. Shakib recently has got a hundred so we are looking for something similar from him, and the others,” Mortaza added.
The Bangladesh captain further said that the aim of his team is to do well overseas. Bangladesh have done reasonably well at home, winning ODI series against the likes of New Zealand, South Africa, India and Pakistan in addition to making it to two finals of the Asia Cup. However, their record away from home is not up to the mark and they will be desperate to improve it.
“We have done well at home. Our challenge started in New Zealand to do well away from home. We couldn’t do it there, despite creating a lot of chances. In the second and third ODIs, we gave away good starts. We have to hold on to good starts here, with bat and ball as home teams have an extra advantage,” he concluded.
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