‘Used to the unpredictability of Mirpur pitch’ – Mashrafe

Now Bangladesh is accustomed to the unpredictable nature of the court at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, said Captain Mashrafe Mortaza. While Zimbabwe expects drafts to play an important role, Mashrafe warned that even shifts can not always be secured in Mirpur.

In the last three years, the teams have struggled to press the scoring rate under the lights. It has been more favorable for the teams that hit first, since the field has changed in nature with a lot of use. Just in February of this year, the stadium received a slap when the second test between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka ended on the third afternoon.

Since April 2015, the first side batting won 14 of the 23 ODIs, with an average of 241 per turn, while the pursuers have achieved only 196. The 251 of Bangladesh for 2 against Pakistan in 2012 is the most successful in this period.

Mashrafe said that the hardest-minded sides – Bangladesh's own since 2015 – have succeeded in Mirpur. But every time they have been impatient, they have lost, as was the case in the final of the three-nation series against Sri Lanka in January of this year.

"The Mirpur wicket is unpredictable because it changes behavior almost suddenly," Mashrafe said. "It stays low or starts spinning without warning The hitters have to quickly change their thinking in the middle, and also in the clubhouse, most of the older players have played here for more than ten years, so Now we are used to unpredictability, Obviously, it becomes difficult for the opposition.

"Only when we started believing in ourselves since 2015 did we have a good record here. "In cases where we were mentally weak, like in the final of the Asian Cup [in 2012] we lost here."

Mashrafe expected his players to be able to deal with any surface prepared for the first ODI on Sunday. "Chittagong is predictably a hitting goalie unless he prepares slow or a turning track Mirpur is totally different. different way after half time, I hope the guys do not use it as an excuse, it's always useful if we think of scoring 250-260, which always puts pressure on the opposition in Mirpur, "

Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza said that the turn is still the biggest challenge for his hitters, particularly in the subcontinent. "Obviously, one of the things you focus on when you play in the subcontinent, Spin plays a very important role, we have prepared for it. bottom of our minds.

"The main thing is to stay positive and support ourselves. We also have to deal with the challenge of the turn. We can move forward from here after the recent disappointments. "

source:- espncricinfo.com

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