Mashrafe Mortaza was happy to get straight back into action on Friday (May 19) as Bangladesh look for their first win in the One-Day International tri-series in Dublin.
After their first game in the tournament, a warm-up for next month’s Champions Trophy in England and Wales, against Ireland was rained off, they lost to New Zealand by four wickets. But they have less than 36 hours before facing Ireland again in Malahide.
“It means we don’t have time to think negative thoughts after this loss, we have to regroup and take positive things into the game against Ireland,” said Mortaza. “Playing Ireland in Ireland is always difficult, so we have to be careful and not make the mistakes we made in the first match.”
Mortaza missed that game last Friday as he was serving an over-rate ban, and Bangladesh started poorly by slipping to 9 for 2 and then 47 for 3 and 70 for 4 before Tamim Iqbal (64 not out) and Mahmudullah (43 not out) lifted them to 157 for 4. Rain prevented any play after that.
Bangladesh enjoyed a much better start against New Zealand in their second game, putting on 72 for the first wicket in 15 overs, but they lost their way in the middle overs and were restricted to 257 for 9 in Clontarf.
“We are not far away, three batsmen got in and got out and next time we must correct the mistakes,” said Mortaza. “A total of 275-280 would have been better but the bowling also has to improve. We have to take wickets early, I didn’t start well but Shakib (Al Hasan, with 0 for 50) did well and Mustafizur (Rahman, who had 2 for 33) bowled well.”
New Zealand were rarely in trouble in their chase and with 54 from Tom Latham and 52 from Jimmy Neesham, who also took two wickets, they eased home in the 48th over.
“I thought we bowled better than 257 but our fielding let us down, probably cost us 20-30 runs, but the way we won the match with 15 balls to spare was ideal,” said Neesham. “It would have nice to walk off not out at the end but I was pretty happy with the way chase went. It was pretty clinical and guys got time in middle as we move into the second round of matches.
“We want to go through the tournament unbeaten but the only way to do that is to take it one game at a time and we’ll look to continue that run on Sunday (against Ireland).”
New Zealand are currently on top of the table with eight points after two wins from two games, while both Ireland and Bangladesh are on two points each.