New Zealand ‘lost to us in our last series, and that too by a big margin’, says Mushfiqur Rahim

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“We are playing them (New Zealand) after three years, but it will be in their minds”

After defeating New Zealand 4-0 in their ODI series in 2010, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim is hoping to repeat history once again.

 Rahim noted that New Zealand will be under pressure throughout the entire series as the humiliating loss they suffered three years ago “will be in their minds”.

“It will have an influence,” Rahim said. “We are playing them (New Zealand) after three years, but it will be in their minds. They lost to us in our last series, and that too by a big margin. South Africa are such a big team but before every big game they are reminded of being chokers.

“A lot of things have changed in the last three years. Both our sides have changes in personnel and combination. We have more matured players. We have a big challenge ahead of us, so there’s no point looking back.”

Rahim also stated that Bangladesh are determined to win the ODI series after the two-Test series ended as a 0-0 draw.

“We had a lot to gain as a team and individually from the Test series against New Zealand,” he said. “We are confident, and we are a team that must be respected in our conditions. It won’t be easy to beat them but it won’t be impossible either. If we play to the best of our ability, we can beat them.”

While Rahim admitted that spin was one of his main fortes, he added that Bangladesh had to be wary of dew collecting on the pitch since they do not “want to end up bowling with a wet ball”.

“Dew can be a major factor, like it was against West Indies last year,” he said. “We have plenty of spinners in the side but we don’t want to end up bowling with a wet ball.

“We have options in our squad, and we may call up a three-man seam attack if we think dew will be too significant. As a result, the toss will be vital.”

The Bangladesh captain revealed that pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza will definitely be included in the squad for tomorrow’s match.

“Mashrafe bhai is an asset for any team,” he said. “We are happy that he is fit, and I hope he gives his best tomorrow.”

Bangladesh vice-captain Mahmudullah is also set to be included in tomorrow’s line-up, according to Rahim.

“It will be easier for me if he [Mahmudullah] is in the ODI team,” Rahim said. “Naeem bhai too has worked hard, while not being picked in the Test series. They are waiting for a chance.”

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