Bangladesh will not drop intensity in 3rd ODI against India today

Bangladesh batsman Nasir Hossain says his team is prepared to counter aggressive India in the final match to clinch series 3-0 today

Mirpur: Bangladesh batsmen Nasir Hossain yesterday expressed confidence of inflicting a 3-0 series whitewash over India when the two sides meet in the third and final ODI today, but chose to underplay the "Banglawash" refrain used by the home team's fans.

Nasir Hossain addresses the media in Mirpur yesterday
Nasir Hossain addresses the media in Mirpur yesterday 

"There is nothing like 'Banglawash' or things of that sort. We will try to win the match. We will play to win the match," asserted Hossain on the eve of the third and final ODI.

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No change in approach
"It was only a little while ago we had a chat in the dressing room and were told that we need to take the same approach as a team would when 2-0 up in the series," he said.

Having beaten India in a series for the first time ever, Bangladesh are also eyeing their 11th successive win at home. "As a team we are playing for a long time and it seems we are growing as a team. Winning is a habit.

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan plays football with his teammates during a practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. Pics/AFP
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan plays football with his teammates during a practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. Pics/AFP 

We played well in the last couple of series and want to continue it. "We know India would come hard at us but it doesn't really bother us. We are more concerned on what we are doing. Each of us has a personal role and we want to perform that," said the 23-year-old, who also bowls off-spin.

Rain threat looms large for today's game but Hossain said his team was keen to play. "We want to play against them. They are a big side and we have got several things to learn from them, so I hope we get a full game. Whether we win or lose, we want to play."

A series win over India and previously Pakistan is a big shot in the arm for Bangladesh, but Hossain said there is a need to be consistent for a longer period. "We are yet to become a big team. We are playing in our own conditions so it is a thing to take into consideration.

Consistency is key
"To be a big team we have to play consistently for two-three years. We have won two series (India and Pakistan) but if we can achieve that consistently, we will feel like a big team."

He has been a regular with the ball in the series and took two wickets in the last match. "Seriously, I am bowling a lot more than before and working a lot with Rohan (Kalpage). I always enjoy bowling and that has been the case in this series. Basically I see myself as a batting all-rounder," said Hossain.

Heaping praise on rookie left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman, who has taken 11 wickets in two games so far, Hossain said: "Mustafizur had brought 80 per cent of the match in our favour. He is not thinking much about it and still has not realised his achievement.

I am sure he will bowl in the same manner in the third match. He is difficult to face in the nets, so at times we ask him not to bowl any cutters while we are batting."

Figure trigger

Number of times three Indian batsmen were dismissed for ducks against Bangladesh. Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Axar Patel were out for zero in Mirpur on Sunday

Number of times Bangladesh have won five or more consecutive ODIs

Number of consecutive victories registered by Bangladesh in ODIs at home — 5 vs Zimbabwe, 3 vs Pakistan and 2 vs India. This also leaves them two short of equalling the record of 12 victories held by Pakistan (2000-03), West Indies (1986-89) and Australia (2003-04)

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