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Bangladesh to play with special plan in final ODI

 Sports Desk

 Published: 06:51 PM, 25 March 2021   Updated: 06:52 PM, 25 March 2021

Bangladesh to play with special plan in final ODI

Bangladesh to play with special plan in final ODI

The New Zealand tour is a nightmare for Bangladesh. Tamim Iqbal's lead team Tigers suffered their 15th successive loss in ODIs against New Zealand in New Zealand.

Skipper Tamim said before leaving the country that they want to back-wining streak against New Zealand on their soil. They already have played two ODIs and lost both of them. The host are leading the three-match series 2-0. Bangladesh will take on the black caps in the third and last ODI of the series tomorrow at 4am Bangladesh Standard Time. Tamim Iqbal's team will play with a special plan in the last match to avoid a clean sweep and secure their first victory against New Zealand in any format.

So the Tigers are desperate to win the last match. As a result, they want to take risks.

"If we bat first, we have to be wary of what the new ball might do. They have Trent Boult and if Southee comes into the side, they are quality performers. We have to ensure they don't do us too much damage early on. If we are chasing a high score, we have to take advantage of the Powerplay - take some risks, play some shots," Bangladesh batting coach John Lewis said.

"In Christchurch there was significant improvement in the batting effort. It didn't go well in Dunedin where we lost the toss and it was a decent time to bowl early. The surface in Christchurch was for a much more even contest. The guys put into practice what they had been doing during the preparation period. It wasn't good enough because we didn't get the result we are after, but at least there was a step in the right direction,” he said.

But when it comes to batting first, Lewis believes Bangladesh can make up for a slow start.

"I think any run we don't get in the first ten overs, we believe we can make it up in the latter period as long as our established batsmen are not trying to rebuild the innings too much," he said. "If we are none or one down for 30-40 runs in the first ten overs, we feel it's okay. In Dunedin, we were two or three down [early] which allowed New Zealand to control the innings. But when we had a partnership between Tamim and Soumya [Sarkar, in the second ODI], it allowed Mithun to kick on and get us to a decent score."