Mortaza not planning changes as Bangladesh seek clean sweep


Captain Mashrafe Mortaza has no intention of tinkering with his Bangladesh line-up as they seek to secure a one-day international series whitewash against Zimbabwe.

Bangladesh moved into an unassailable 2-0 lead in the best-of-three contest with a 58-run victory in Mirpur on Monday.

Imrul Kayes was pivotal in that victory with an 89-ball 76, the left-hander's contribution coming on his return to the national team after he was dropped following the Cricket World Cup due to a poor run of form.

Kayes was only included because Shakib Al Hasan missed out to attend the birth of his first child, but skipper Mortaza is not planning any unforced changes this time around and he warned his side against complacency.

"We haven't thought about experimenting," he said. "We believe that all the 14 players are capable of doing well. 

"I believe that all the players will be serious and we will try to win again."

For Bangladesh, victory marked the continuation of a stunning year in ODIs and they have now won five straight series' - including notable triumphs over Pakistan, India and South Africa. 

It is a different story for Zimbabwe, though, who saw some excellent work with the ball completely undone by a shoddy showing with the bat on Monday.

Having restricted Bangladesh to 241-9, Zimbabwe were dismissed for just 183 after 43.2 overs, compounding the misery of their 145-run hammering in the first contest.

Captain Elton Chigumbura made a creditable 47 and put on 73 for the fifth wicket alongside Sikandar Raza (33).

However, there were too many failures and Sean Williams, tipped to be a star man in the series, has made just eight and 14 in his past two innings, having struck a century in the previous ODI against Afghanistan last month.

Despite the odds being against his team, Chigumbura is determined to end the ODI series on a high.

"One can't lose hope. We still have to put out our best," he said. "You have to come back again and play hard and make sure we polish those mistakes from [Monday's] game, and win the game.

"We obviously want to win the match. It will be a very important match for us to win, every ODI is."