Tigers to score the 100th ODI win today!
Sports Reporter: Bangladesh will look to earn their 100-th win in one-day internationals when they take on Afghanistan in the second ODI of the three-match series at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium today afternoon.
Tigers are leading the series by 1-0 after winning the first match by seven runs against the Afghans on the back of a superb comeback by their bowlers.
Today’s win will not only guarantee the series win for Bangladesh but that will also ensure their sixth consecutive series win.
They beat Zimbabwe 3-0 at home in November 2015 to pick their fifth consecutive series victory.
Last time Tigers lost a series was in West Indies back in August 2014 and lost a home series last time in June 2014 against India.
Mashrafee bin Murtaza, Tigers’ most successful captain across all formats, was relishing the milestone.
‘Naturally it will be a big achievement [100 ODI win],’ Mashrafee told reporters ahead of the second match. ‘We will try to do it in the second game and to do that we need to play good cricket,’ he said.
The inability of Bangladesh’s batsmen to translate their innings into big ones prevented them from posting a 300-plus score on a placid batting wicket where the ball was coming into bat nicely untill the very end of the match.
Bowlers lacked penetration and were given a run for their money as Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi put on 144-run third-wicket stand to put Afghanistan in a comfortable position.
Mashrafee praised his men for holding their nerves to pull off a victory from a difficult position but he urged them to remain more cautious from the beginning of the match today.