Bangladesh in Sri Lanka 2016-17 March 30, 2017

Confident of winning the series - Hathurusingha


'The body language and effort on the field is the biggest change I have seen in the last few matches' © Raton Gomes/BCB

Only twice - barring the 2006 series against India that was washed out - in the last 31 years has Sri Lanka not won at least one game in an ODI series at home. As the third and final game of the series comes closer, they face up to the prospect once again, with Bangladesh keen to continue maintaining the pressure on the home side.

Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha has said that his team is now more confident as they lead the series 1-0, and the home side would have to do all the running. The visitors won the first match by 90 runs before rain forced the second ODI to be abandoned after the hosts had put up a challenging total.

"We are very much confident [of a series win] if we get our processes right," Hathurusingha said. "I think we will do well against Sri Lanka. They are a very strong team at home. I can't remember a time when they didn't win a single game in a series, so it is a good position we are in. We are 1-0 up so we can't lose the series. They have to play well, and we have to play our best game to come good."

Bangladesh became a more confident side during their Colombo Test win, which many of the players and Hathurusingha have said had something to do with a long team meeting after their crushing 259-run defeat in Galle.

"When you win, everything looks good. The body language and effort on the field is the biggest change I have seen in the last few matches, after the Galle Test. They had a good one-to-one afterwards, and the boys responded to that very well. In the last game we were a bit lethargic after the first ten overs, but after that they were really good in the heat," said Hathurusingha.

Though he has been known to be a disciplinarian, Hathurusingha's approach of giving the batsmen a lot of freedom has been attributed as one of the main reasons for Bangladesh's progress as an ODI side in the last two years. The current mood within the team can be gauged by the overall improvement in the fielding and body language in the Colombo Test and the first two ODIs in Dambulla.

Hathurusingha, when asked why many members of the second ODI's playing XI weren't at training at the SSC ground on Wednesday, said that he trusts the players' preparation and understands how much the weather can have an impact on their physical well-being.

"The thing is, we don't need to train every day. If the players know they are prepared well enough, they can always have rest. It is very hard to play cricket in Sri Lanka. It is very hot.

"When players are confident, and if I know they are prepared well enough, I want them to be mentally prepared and physically be rested for the game," he said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • cpur on April 1, 2017, 4:57 GMT

    Today is bad luck for SLK, Bangladesh shall win by 6 wkts...., bravo bd.

  • Izmi on March 31, 2017, 21:23 GMT

    Bangladesh are a very talented side and have come a long way in a very short time. To dominate over Sri Lanka and beat them in their own backyard is a very great achievement. Their Sri Lankan coach Hathurasinghe has done a tremendous job as coach and should thank former Sri Lanka and Australian cricket coach Trevor Bayliss for affording him the opportunity to continue his trade as his deputy with the NSW Cricket Team. Hathurasinghe is now planning the demise of his own countrymen like Bayliss did with the Aussie cricket team in the last ashes in England.

  • cricfan16594837 on March 31, 2017, 21:15 GMT

    If BD outplay SL, then BD is really much metter than SL. If looses there is mit much difference... CT will be real test for BD n SL too to know their real position.

  • Arif Joarder on March 31, 2017, 19:27 GMT

    All these talk of winning and predictions are just waste of time. Let's not count our chickens before they hatch. Good luck team Bangladesh!

  • Tonmoy on March 31, 2017, 17:30 GMT

    TIGERS vs LIONS: the last match is going to be pretty exciting. If Tigers win, they will have a new starting outside home, if they loose the starting of something will just delay. If SL loose, huge change will happen in SL board and team.

  • chethana on March 31, 2017, 10:41 GMT

    sl selectors should focus on developing a leg spinner or left arm spinner for shorter format.currently they used dilruwan perera & sandakan as their main spinners for shorter format.but off spinners & chinaman bowlers only good against left hand batsmen.but nowadays best batters of most teams are right - kholi,smith,wiliamson,root....... seekuge & pathirana are not attacking bowlers.they are part time options.we need to develop some one like aponsu,malinda,chathuranga or Vandersay.also our main off spinner dilruwan now 33.senanayaka & mendis have lost their venom. what happend to pht koushal.after baninng his doosra he is not in the scene.

  •   masuda1985 on March 31, 2017, 9:55 GMT

    What's the current weather in colombo ? Can anyone make us know ,please ????

  • Nimrod on March 31, 2017, 9:11 GMT

    This looks like the IND vs AUS 4th test match where all Aussies were saying that AUS will win the series and the pressure was on IND but that turned around and IND won. So this case BD is over confident that they will win making SL the underdogs. Hathu should not used the word confident but he could have used words like hopeful of winning the series or we will try to win the series. You cannot predict the future Hathu but you can wish for the result you want.

  •   Nadee De Waas on March 31, 2017, 8:59 GMT

    cricket is anybody.s game who ever play well on that particular day they are the winners.BD coach. he can comment many things over the final one day is up to SL cricket board and selection committee to select best available match winning players for the final match in tomorrows game.we have some T. 20 best players who are only playing for only for that games.SL need a credibility and they do not have good record in one day series win since many years.colombo weather is not that much good to SL. 2 nd match in dambulla Result has given advantage to BD team.forget the mistakes and negligence happened in this series.embarrassing cricket fans throughout the world in particularly lankan fans eargely hoping SL players to show off that they can hit back to regain lost pride and play patient innings.for the lanka wishes to SL.

  •   cricfan75925104 on March 31, 2017, 8:36 GMT

    Come on Lankans, crush the tigers in the next match

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