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ICC Champions Trophy | Bangladesh team's confidence high post five-wicket win over NZ in warm-up game, says Mashrafe Mortaza

Bangladesh Still Has Two More Warm-up Matches Up Their Sleeves Before Starting Off Their Champions Trophy Campaign But Captain Mashrafe Mortaza Admits Their Five-wicket Victory Over New Zealand Sends Them To England With Confidence High.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Gautam Lalotra | Updated on: 26 May 2017, 05:48:46 PM
Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza

New Delhi:

Bangladesh still has two more warm-up matches up their sleeves before starting off their Champions Trophy campaign but captain Mashrafe Mortaza admits their five-wicket victory over New Zealand sends them to England with confidence high.

"The warm-up games will be important, wickets will be different from here but we will learn something from the games against Pakistan and India, so they are two big games," said Mortaza.     

"We missed out in the first game against Ireland and the first game against New Zealand was tough but we did really well in last two games and confidence is high at the moment."     

New Zealand, after half-centuries from skipper Tom Latham (84), Neil Broom (63) and Ross Taylor (60 not out), slumped from 208 for three to finish on 270 for eight while in their winning reply Bangladesh soared from 199 for five to 271 for five, reaching their target with 10 balls to spare.

The stars in the sixth wicket partnership were Mushfiqur Rahim who finished 45 not out from 45 balls and Mahmudullah with 46 not out from just 36 balls with six fours and a six which included his 3,000 one-day international run in his 141st match.

"Mahmudullah is very experienced," said his captain. "You can't buy experience and in our batting side we also have Tamim and Shakib, who is not in the best mood but I'm sure he will come back and Mushy and Mahmudullah are also in the runs so hopefully we can go on from here."

Latham was named man of the series after adding to the century he scored against Ireland in their previous game, but he praised the players who came into this series to replace those still at the Indian Premier League.

"Guys not usually in the side have stepped up like HamishBennett, Scott Kuggeleijn and Colin Munro, they all played apart throughout the series and that's good for the depth ofNew Zealand cricket," he said.     

"We've two more games and the squad will change (he handsover the captaincy to Kane Williamson) so it gives us time togel together as a group, but the cricket we have played inthis series has been pretty good and it will stand us in goodstead for the Champions Trophy and the first game againstAustralia."     

But Latham refused to admit that Bangladesh have theupper hand when the teams meet again in Cardiff on June 9."Credit to Bangladesh, they batted very well andpaced their innings perfectly," he said.     "We couldn't get over the line but we beat them last weekand when we play again in the last group game in the ChampionsTrophy we have to start again and so do they." 

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First Published : 25 May 2017, 12:18:00 PM