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Tigers hope end series in style
Sports Reporter
Published :Sunday, 15 November, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 8
The Tigers will aim to whitewash Zimbabwe in the T20I series when they will take on the touring side in the second T20I of the two-match Pran-Up Cricket Series today at the Sher-e-Bangla National cricket Stadium.
Having won the first T20 by four wicket on Friday Tigers are leading the series by 1-0.  Earlier they clean swept Zimbabwe by 3-0 in the ODI series.
It will be the last international match for the Tigers this year so undoubtedly the confident Tigers will show zero tolerance to colour the end.
On the other hand, handed a defeat in the first Twenty20 International, the thwarted Zimbabwe will look to plug the loopholes and bounce back in a must-win second T20 to level the series and earn a solace in this tour.
The Tigers started their winning streak whitewashing Zimbabwe by 8-0 (Five ODIs and three Tests) last year in November. And then the Tigers have passed the year 2015 like a dream.
They played the quarterfinal of the World Cup for the first time. Then they whitewashed Pakistan in ODI by 3-0 and also beat them in the lone T20. After that Tigers won series against India and South Africa by 2-1 and whitewashed Zimbabwe by 3-0 again.
Now it is another November, so the Tigers will put their all efforts to end it as they started it November last against the same opponent. And before going to the BPL and Asia Cup T20 it will be the last international practice for the host and they will want to do it properly.
For Bangladesh, in the series opener, Tamim scored 31 runs while Mahmudullah contributed unbeaten 22 runs. The others scored less than 20. The batting may be a concern for the host as the batters failed to make big scores.
After the first match Mashrafe also mentioned he is dissatisfied with batting as he thought all were in a hurry. So the Tigers skipper will want stable batting from the batters.
It will be a crucial match for Anamul who was unfortunately became a run-out victim in the first T20 on his return to international cricket after the World Cup. He will want to play effectively to cement his place again.
With the ball, the Tigers are in good shape. It will be a challenge for the leg-spinner Jubair, who took two wickets for 20 runs in the first T20 in his debut, to justify his inclusion if he gets chance.
After the first T20I, regarding the match Mashrafe said, "This (second T20) could be the last chance for us to see how some of new players react under pressure (in this format)."
For Zimbabwe, Macolm Waller led the tourist with magnificent 68 runs while Ervine added 20 runs and others were failed to contribute enough. In bowling, once Zimbabwe put pressure on the host grabbing five wickets for 80 runs but they failed to continue it.
At the pots match conference of the first match Malcolm Waller said, "In the next game, we need a lot more runs on the board and bowl well and craft a good start and make things easier for ourselves."
So the Skipper Elton Chigumbura will want a boost in both the departments to end the tour on a high.









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