Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Dhaka

We can beat any team at home - Mushfiqur

Mohammad Isam

February 16, 2014

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Mushfiqur Rahim shapes to play a drive, Bangladesh v New Zealand, 2nd ODI, Mirpur, October 31, 2013
Mushfiqur Rahim will not keep wickets on Monday as he doesn't want to risk aggravating a finger injury © AFP

Bangladesh have not lost a bilateral ODI series at home since 2011, and captain Mushfiqur Rahim believes that the trend can continue in the three-match series against Sri Lanka.

The last time they lost at home in their favoured format was to Pakistan more than two years ago, with victories coming against West Indies in late 2012 and New Zealand last year, as well as pushing Pakistan in the Asia Cup final in 2012.

After a good result against New Zealand in October and November last year, Bangladesh were derailed by a crushing defeat in the first Test against Sri Lanka last month. They bounced back by drawing the second Test match, and then again they lost the two Twenty20s in Chittagong, both off the last ball of the game.

The drawn Test match saw a batting resurrection, mainly through Mominul Haque's perseverance. There was a mix of both batting and bowling improvement in the Twenty20s, and will give them confidence for the rest of the series.

"We were not consistent in Tests and T20s but in our home conditions, our line-up is capable of beating any team on our day," Mushfiqur said. "We have played good cricket in the last 18 months so we are confident. But Sri Lanka is a tough side and it will be a hard competition. We are ready for it.

"So far we did lose three matches this year, but were also unlucky not to win two of those. We have plenty of hard cricket ahead in this year. Results-wise, it was disappointing, but we have gradually improved from the first Test. It's just a matter of time."

Bangladesh will however miss the experience of left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, who is their leading wicket-taker against Sri Lanka with 19.

"We will miss [Abdur Razzak] Raj bhai a lot. Although [Arafat] Sunny bhai has bowled very well in the last two matches, Raj bhai is our most experienced bowler and has the most ODI wickets. I was with him during the last week as he was recovering from the hamstring injury. We want him to be fully fit for the tournaments ahead.

"We have four genuine pacers in the side and have a long time to put together a playing XI. Dew factor might come into play and there was overnight rain on Sunday. We might play three pacers or three spinners, it will depend on the dew factor. We are flexible, we have left-arm spinners, pacers and offspinners. We will wait till tomorrow."

The other hindrance for Bangladesh tomorrow will be that Mushfiqur will not keep wickets. The finger injury he picked up during the second Test forced him to miss the two Twenty20s, and he said Anamul Haque or Shamsur Rahman will be wicketkeeper, at least for the first ODI.

"I don't have much pain when I bat. But because it's in the last finger, keeping will be risky. If I get hit there again, I will be out for a long time. The team management thinks I can do with the bat. We have enough keepers in the side like [Shamsur Rahman] Shuvo and [Anamul Haque] Bijoy. One of them will keep tomorrow."

Despite missing Razzak and Muhfiqur' keeping skills, Bangladesh will enter the series with plenty of confidence, given their solid recent record in home ODIs.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by android_user on (February 17, 2014, 11:50 GMT)

im pakistani i believe worldclass team they can never beat sl

Posted by android_user on (February 17, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

why they dont give u 100 games,think about it ,u have made no name in cricket since last 16 years ban team appaered in international cricket first u make ur status then wish for more games

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

srilanka will win today definitely

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 8:48 GMT)

Andrew-Schulz, let us play more games first, before making such comments...If you guys play 100 games a year, we can only play 20 games, where majority of games are with Zimbabwe, Kenya, etc...this doesn't help us at all

Posted by dulabhai on (February 17, 2014, 7:09 GMT)

Please drop Tamim Iqbal from the team and make someone better play. I'm not sure why he is still in the team, he scores only 2-3 runs in every match.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 17, 2014, 7:04 GMT)

clearly ahead tiger

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 5:59 GMT)

@ tigerroars - look at Sri Lanka's recent record abroad. I think it is among the best in the world. SOmehow this goes unnoticed.

Posted by ziggy500 on (February 17, 2014, 4:55 GMT)

It seems most people simply read the title of the article and decided to express their views in the comments. He never really said what the title says in those words. The title is just another case of an over exaggerated headline used to grab the attention of on-lookers. If you took the time read the article, you would see justified statements on the teams chances and previous records at home, and you wouldn't jump onto your horses and make some insensitive remark about the BD team or the captain.

Posted by andrew-schulz on (February 17, 2014, 2:48 GMT)

Tigerroars, there is just a slight bit of difference between Australia's record away and that of Bangladesh. Tanstell don't use the word unbeatable in relation to Bangladesh. You are bottom of the pile and will stay there a very long time.

Posted by Ramki77 on (February 17, 2014, 1:36 GMT)

This is laughable. Any first tier team that is a bit depleted should go to BD or ZM so that they get a booster. For instance, India I snow getting a ponding in NZ. So immediately after the tour if they could organize a tour of BD, it will give them a lot of confidence before playing another A tier team. I am with Shewag here.

Posted by android_user on (February 16, 2014, 22:23 GMT)

Mushfiqur is correct. They can beat any team at home on their day. So as Kenya, Afganisthan and Canada)) Why is he positions his team so low?

Posted by asadc2003 on (February 16, 2014, 20:46 GMT)

why every one keep talking about sporting wicket ?????? do the Australian or Africans make sporting wicket while playing against India , Pakistan, srilanka? you people why don't ask question about there high bouncy wickets where aus or African are used to play and take benefit. there is nothing wrong using home condition. and its not about india or Bangladesh or srilanka all the countries are the tigers in there own backyards ......we all saw how well NZ played against Bangladesh, how well england played against Australia .

Posted by Masking_Tape on (February 16, 2014, 20:14 GMT)

This is such a blessing in disguise. People were dying to see Mushy give up wicketkeeping, and just focus on his batting. He's average keeper but team's best batsman. He should bat high up the order in test and not in keeper's position. Anamul is a way better keeper. I was hoping he'd make his place permanent in the side so he can start keeping. I hope he cements his place in the side this time.

Posted by Bangladesh_Forever on (February 16, 2014, 19:36 GMT)

I think, Anamul is a better wicket-keeper than Mushfiq. If Anamul can regain his place in the ODI team, he might well continue as the keeper also...

Posted by wapuser on (February 16, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

angelo mathews not a grate captain.he is too negative & defensive.sri lankan team need a good postive captain like micheal clarke.chandimal captaincy better than mathews captaincy

Posted by TigerRoars on (February 16, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

@Jimmyvida, how did Australia do while touring India? How about England in Australia, or India in SA and NZ? Very few team have played well abroad as of late.

The difference with the current BD team is that they are now a good team at home. Hopefully, that will continue. (This was not the case 4-5 years ago.)

Posted by android_user on (February 16, 2014, 17:13 GMT)

where it will be dew match starts earlier and who knows toss will happen. as a captain he should think about today match and history won't repeat.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

@KingOwl are you really following world cricket. BD should use their home advantage like other teams. Everyone is preparing their favorable pitch. Yes BD should produce some tuff bounce pitches in domestic circuit for their batsman to be used to those conditions but not in international matches at home.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

Opening pair is very important. Tamim and Shakib needs to fire. Hope Tamim will answer and bat sensible.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

I think SL's past record is not very promising specially in Bangladesh in Cricket conditions matter so I think SL is vulnerable but Hope SL will never lose the series to Bangladesh

All the Best Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

Mushi should have surrendered the series at the press conference.....that should have been the attitude or alternatively he could have claim to hold press conference only after match (only in occasion of Bangladesh win: not virtue of rain, few bad decision by the umpires and only if Mahela, Sangakara, Dilshan played the match)............Grow up and have a life

Posted by KingOwl on (February 16, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

I think Bangladesh has certainly developed the skills to be highly competitive at home, and I think they can beat anybody. But it is not a wise strategy to use home conditions to beat opponents. It is high time that Banglas prepared sporting wickets. Otherwise, they will remain uncompetitive internationally. SL will find it tough on the sluggish Bangla wickets. These wickets are not like those in SL. SL has pace and bounce in most of the limited overs pitches - Pallekele, Hambantota, Dambulla are all very sporting wickets with plenty of help to the fast bowlers, and helpful for aggressive stroke play too. Bangla wickets are a bit like the Galle wicket, where SL never plays one day cricket. I think this will be a tough series for SL. They will have to adjust quickly.

Posted by Herath-UK on (February 16, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

Poor chap what else could he say!

Posted by Thushaa on (February 16, 2014, 15:27 GMT)

As a observer, I can see the game of the BD players has improved and taken up. The fan attendance has improved vastly and its encouraging. With that the umpiring standards should go up, else the world sees it as the local umpires are on the same level as the BD test side.

Posted by Jimmyvida on (February 16, 2014, 14:53 GMT)

Good statement. Stay at home and beat everybody. If you go to SA, NZ etc., they will be preparing special wickets just for you. You would not like it.

Posted by stormy16 on (February 16, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

I am not sure what some of you guys are debating about bit I must say Bangladesh are not the pushover they were in the past. The batters are now experienced (Tamin, Rahim and Sakib played in the 2007 WC) with some good young talent (Hussain) and the bowlers are well equiped for home conditions. There is no point saying they havent beaten India or SA when these teams havent toured but they have beaten who ever toured and you cant do much more than that.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (February 16, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

I will say, Sri Lanka is a lucky team in Bangladesh at the moment. Everything is going to their favour. Waiting to see real fight. We will miss razzak. Best of luck for bd.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

Sri Lankan Pitches very same in the Bd have. so there will be no home advantage to any one. In the 2nd 20,20 mach pitch is too slow, still SL won the match. S L team is better in the flat pictures for years. SL has better chance, if it is not a horrible day.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (February 16, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

Its great to see some Sri Lanka fans admit the importance of scoring runs against a team like Bangladesh lol really appreciate it. Now I can see why whenever they are up against Pakistan or India, they can boast against their fans about their players stats of i.e. Chandimal as legends lol despite heavily inflated by playing against Bangladesh. Of course people people want test status taken away from Bangladesh because they cannot swallow the draws they are starting to get against such bad teams lol so might as well act now but fortunately and unluckily for you, Bangladesh keeps their status now :P

Posted by wapuser on (February 16, 2014, 14:21 GMT)

Bangla can threat only that we can beat any team at home. But how can they forget that how did they defeated against to SL. 2 T20 matchs continually. They are not looking for their lake of game. Only barking.

Posted by wapuser on (February 16, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

There's a difference between bragging & being confident. You should know the difference.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 14:16 GMT)

Except Pakistan though... 20 consecutive losses and counting but that might change come Asia Cup.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

BD players should stop talking and start performing, learn from greats like Sanga/MJ, they never brag

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (February 16, 2014, 13:58 GMT)

@warm cofee... lol still with the same logic?? During big boys game SL vs Pak test and ODI series it was all about SL youngsters, and if Sanga and Mahela loves thrashing lesser team like Babgladesh, can we say please do not perform? lol

Kaushal, Vithanage, Chandimal, still scored tons against BD already on this tour, and SL fans don't mind performance against BD, Sanga has all the right to thrash minnows.. SL future is wonderful, and we expecting to perform against other top nations, not BD, well i wonder what lies ahead for BD in future, certainly BD test status at stake for sure lol

Posted by Matadore on (February 16, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

@RibhavBansal.. i cant understand what u talking ab8? I guess u just miss typed it.. A second team of Bangladesh with FOUR DEBUTANT nd without shakib beat the FULL STRENGTH West indies! Check the score card... Evn They beat NZ without shakib the last time....

Posted by Farooq3 on (February 16, 2014, 13:52 GMT)

There is no restriction on day dreaming! What matters most is that: "Can BD deliver when it really matters?" The recent T20s against SL seem to suggest otherwise!

Posted by Big_Brother_of_Cricket on (February 16, 2014, 13:44 GMT)

A bit of over confidence shown by an immature captain. Yes. I agree that BD performed well in ODIs at home. They won 2 bilateral series at home, but those were with WI and NZ. Mushfiqur seems to think that they won against Aus or SA as he says they can beat anyone at home. Furthermore, he boasts that they have 4 "genuine pacers". Is he talking about medium fast bowlers? or may be spinners as well. It's better to be humble and accept the fact that you haven't won anything against SL. Waiting to see how they walk the talk.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (February 16, 2014, 13:36 GMT)

Its funny how some Sri Lanka fans are acting as if their team is the greatest team ever. It took a world number 1 T20 side the last ball in both matches to beat a team like Bangladesh? lol something is clearly wrong and drew yet again to a very young inexperienced worst test side in which their highest capped player has still not even played 40 test matches yet says all we need to know about Sri Lanka Cricket. If you just take away the runs of their 'youngster' Sanga in all the matches on this tour, the results would've been the other way around so the future is clear in my view.

Posted by Razor_Sharp on (February 16, 2014, 13:32 GMT)

BD should ask from mitch johnson and dale steyn whether they can play for BD. Whitewash is on its way. No big talking is required just show it if u think u are unbeatable by winning the odi series 3 - 0.

Posted by neanderthal on (February 16, 2014, 13:31 GMT)

These 3 matches and then Asia cup will determine whether Bangladesh has really progressed in ODIs at home at least. Dominating teams like NZ is easy at home with spin and BD did it earlier as well. However they did not do well with other teams after that first whitewash against NZ. Hopefully this time it will be different. With home advantage, they should look to win this series and not just be happy with a heroic defeat.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 13:30 GMT)

Good to see the positivity from the Bangladeshis, but hopefully this wouldn't translated in to over aggression!

Posted by RibhavBansal on (February 16, 2014, 13:30 GMT)

The Windies and New Zealand sides were not full strength and it is such a small sample to be considered in a period of 2 years.

Mushfiqur always talks big before a tournament, loses the game, either cries, resigns or does both.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

@Janith: Nothing big mouthed. A captain can express his confidence in his own team and besides, records are in favor of Bangladesh. Nothing in Mushfiqur's talk demeans SL as a team. You guys always have to bad mouth someone don't you?

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

@Janith this is not big mouth....I think u dont follow cricket much..given the form of both o the teams Bangladesh is slightly ahead and if u have to agree rather than being biased. Even in the last series we drew at ur home moreover last two T-20's gave us enough confidence and btw that was a no-ball. So we will see in the field. #Tigerswillfightback

Posted by Lion83 on (February 16, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

It will be not easy to beat SL cos SL is looking to build momentum to the long season with WOrld cup less than year away and they will send their best 11 for the series. Dilshan and chandimal need to score runs at the same time SL look to give chance to Ashan and Kithruwan to show their skills cos when Mahela returns some one has to go out.

Posted by tanstell87 on (February 16, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

Mushfiqur is right...Bangladesh is an improved team in ODIs and are difficult to beat at home...Bangladesh has 7 chances to prove that they are unbeatable at home - the 3 ODIs vs SL & then 4 league matches vs Ind,Sl,Pak & Afg in Asia Cup.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (February 16, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

Mushfiqur gets over confident then quit captaincy when he loses.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 12:56 GMT)

As usual big mouth talks, well let's see how these big talkers gonna perform in the middle

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