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Mashrafe Mortaza urges Bangladesh to improve their overseas record

The skipper says the visitors have to be very careful in the first ODI against Sri Lanka

By Rashmi Nanda -

Bangladesh’ limited overs captain Mashrafe Mortaza accepted that Sri Lanka are a better One-Day International team than in Test cricket and that's why the four-match ODI series will not be easy for them. And the visitors have reached there with the aim of winning the series with their high confidence after their maiden Test win over the hosts in Colombo last week.

On the eve of the opening ODI in Dambulla, Mortaza told reporters, “I think Sri Lanka have a more matured squad in the ODIs than the Tests. It is not going to be easy for us. A small innings can change things in the ODIs and T20s. We have to try to execute our plans to the full, or we just have to fight till the end.”

Recently, Bangladesh created history in Colombo after winning a Test against the Asian team. However, Mortaza wasn't part of that squad but was glad that most of the players who featured in the Test series will be playing the ODIs against the same team. He also said that Colombo victory will boost their confidence to perform well in ODIs but they need to be carefully in the first ODI.

Mortaza further said, “If you look at our ODI squad, most of them are playing in Tests as well. It will help them perform in ODIs. But in the last three months, we have played five Tests and not ODIs. It is a totally different ball-game now. We have to be very careful in the first match and stick to our plans.”

“I think our batters are in good form, but all three departments have to come to the party in ODIs. Shakib recently has got a hundred so we are looking for something similar from him, and the others.”

As we all know that Bangladesh have a decent record in ODI cricket at home but their ODI record have not so great away from home and Mortaza stressed the need to improve their game away from home.

He concluded, “We have done well at home. Our challenge started in New Zealand to do well away from home. We couldn't do it there, despite creating a lot of chances. In the second and third ODIs, we gave away good starts. We have to hold on to good starts here, with bat and ball as home teams have extra advantage.”

The first ODI of the four-match series will start Today at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium.