Bangladesh aim for ‘dream’ finale

Birmingham: Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons said winning their one-day international series against England would be a “dream”, but was anything but an impossible mission.

The Tigers ended a 24-game losing streak against across all formats with a dramatic five-run win against England in the second one-day international at Bristol yesterday.

It was their first ever win against England after 20 defeats split between losses in eight Tests and 12 ODIs and meant they levelled the three-match series at 1-1 ahead of tomorrow’s climax here at Edgbaston.

“The jubilation has gone and I guess we’re getting ready to play another game,” Siddons told reporters at Edgbaston here today.

“It was really great to see the boys perform well under pressure and come out with a win,” the Australian added.

Bangladesh, held to a seemingly modest 236 for seven in Bristol produced a superb collective display in the field, with five bowlers taking two wickets each, to dismiss England for 231 with three balls to spare.

“We’ve had a lot of losses and a lot of heartache along the way but we’ve won a game now and hopefully we can continue playing some good cricket,” Siddons said.

“Not just England, we’ve pushed a lot of teams really close and not been able to win so it was nice to finish the game off.”

“It wasn’t just a flash in the pan, we’ve been building up to this and we have to keep playing good cricket.”

Bangladesh’s victory was all the more impressive as they were without both Raqibul Hasan, who top-scored with 76 in the six-wicket loss to England in the first one-dayer at Trent Bridge on Thursday, and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim after they each suffered injuries in the series opener.
“The injuries didn’t faze me much,” said former South Australia captain Siddons, a prolific scorer in first-class cricket but never capped at Test level by his country.

“I knew we had a wicketkeeper to replace Mushy (Jahurul Islam), and he’s a good batsman too, and we had Mohammad Ashraful to replace Raqibul. It was pretty much a clean swap so our strength was not weakened too much.”

England beat Australia 3-2 in a home one-day series shortly before facing Bangladesh but lost the last two matches against the world champions after batting collapses.

Every match England play at the moment is being scrutinised for significance ahead of their defence of the Ashes in Australia, which starts in November.

Siddons, who saw Bangladesh lose a Test series 2-0 in England in June, added: “I said there were a few chinks in the armour of this England team. But they are a very good team, so are Australia and now we are getting there.”



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