Mortaza demands more as Bangladesh look to continue dominance


Bangladesh will look to continue their dominance over Zimbabwe on Sunday as they try to move 2-0 ahead in the four-match Twenty20 series.

After their four-wicket win on Friday, Mashrafe Mortaza's side have now won 14 out of their last 15 encounters with Zimbabwe across all formats, three of them in T20s.

They showed real fight in the series opener in Khulna as they successfully chased down their target of 164 with eight balls to spare, Shakib Al Hasan (20 not out) leading them to victory after notable knocks from Sabbir Rahman (46) and Tamim Iqbal (29).

Mortaza was not fully satisfied with his team's display despite completing their highest T20 run chase, though, and expects more on Sunday - where success would guarantee they cannot lose the series.

"We were not up to the mark," he said. "We could have finished it in 17-18 overs, but good thing was that we didn't panic at any stage, which we used to do in the past.

"I thought it was a scratchy performance. I think chasing this big total will give us more confidence. It is one of our biggest successful chases in T20s so the win is quite a relief."

Zimbabwe were also frustrated by their display with bat and ball in the opener, and are determined to improve as the series takes in its second match at the Sheikh Abu Naser stadium.

Only openers Hamilton Masakadza (79) and Vusi Sibanda (46) made an impression with the bat, the former hitting nine fours and two maximums before being dismissed with 11 balls remaining.

"I thought we missed out on 15-20 runs in the end. From the position we were looking at, at least 180," said Masakadza. 

"I think the main thing is to keep making sure that I will do my part and whenever you get someone supporting we will get over the line. 

"As long as we keep sticking together I am sure the result will come."

Captain Elton Chigumbura will also expect more from his bowlers in Sunday's clash after they lost their nerve at crucial times in the first match, Luke Jongwe particularly wasteful in what turned out to be the final over.

He conceded 15 off five balls to hand Bangladesh the win, including five wides.