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Mohammad Ashraful promises a fight-back


mohdBangladesh cricket captain Mohammad Ashraful promised a fight-back to deny Pakistan a chance to win the series by taking an unbeatable 3-0 lead when both teams play in the third One-day International here today (Sunday) at Gaddafi Stadium.

“We are gradually gearing up and our performance is improving with each match and definitely we will be stopping Pakistan by making a comeback,” he told APP here on Saturday.

Ashraful said the second ODI at Faisalabad saw them showing a good performance and they are committed to further lift the level of their game to deny a success to the home team in the third match.

Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 152 runs in the first ODI at Lahore followed by their seven-wicket win at Faisalabad and both the matches were decided under the DuckWorth/Lewis Method owing to power failure in the first game and rain in the second game.

“It is not a fair thought to expect that we can win a series against Pakistan and striking a win in the remaining matches will be through a best performance on our part,” he said.

The Bangladesh captain while admitting the superiority of the Pakistan team termed it one of the best cricket sides but vowed to put up a better show to give a tough time to a much fancied team.

“We will again be endeavouring to demonstrate positive cricket to thwart a challenge from the home team and if we manage to beat them it will be one of our best performances in cricket,” he added.

Mohammad Ashraful said his young team is in the process of learning and it is full of determination to spring a surprise against any team including Pakistan.

“It is a hard fact that our defeats are more than our achievements which are few at the moment but it is also a reality that we have the promise and commitment to improve and to beat the world’s best teams and we have managed to do it a few times,” he added.

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons endorsed the thoughts of the most experienced player and captain of the team saying the new look team needs at least a two years blend to reach its peak.

The 43-year old Australian coach was of the view that the team is on way of improvement in the ongoing series as it posted its second best total of 225 in one-day cricket.

“When the performance of a team comes under analysis there are certain factors which need to be determined and for me it is matter of satisfaction that we are improving and we want to keep this journey going on,” he added.

He said expecting a series win on the current tour is not a realistic approach and if his team wins a match in the five-match series it will be a positive thing to help the players move forward on the path of success.

“The Pakistan team is far ahead of our team in all aspects but we have not given up the hope and I expect a comeback from the team in Sunday’s match.” he added.

Source:Cricket News

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