With two ODIs and the series lost, the mood was a mixed one yesterday at the Bangladesh team's practice session ahead of the last ODI in Dunedin on February 20.
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, who made his Test debut at the Universal Oval -- coincidentally also the first Test at the ground -- back in 2008, was reminiscing about the occasion yesterday at the venue.
“I can remember that we all gathered near the flag and sang our national anthem on my Test debut.”
Mushfiqur Rahim was not in the best of moods as the wicketkeeper-batsman was struggling with a trio of injuries -- his pre-existing rib cage injury, pain in his wrist and a side strain -- and spent most of the time running and receiving throwdowns.
But he also recalled his 86-run knock in the only ODI that the Tigers played here back in 2010 but ended up in the losing cause.
“I remember the knock -- the only time we played here nine years back was a tough one for us as we lost the game convincingly. Let's see whether we can change fortunes this time around,” Mushfiqur said.
Another injured, Mohammad Mithun -- who pulled a hamstring during the second ODI in Christchurch -- did not train and the duo are expected to undergo a scan today.
Mushfiqur's injuries do not seem too serious and the experienced cricketer is expected to play the third ODI. But the picture is not rosy for Mithun, who scored back-to-back fifties in the two games, as the team management have already called up Mominul Haque for the third ODI. Bangladesh's Test specialist, Mominul was with the remaining members of the Test squad in Christchurch.
According to Tamim despite the injury concerns the Tigers game plan will remain the same.
“The game plan will remain the same as whoever replaces them will try to bat long. As I mentioned before we will hope not to give the game away in the first 10 overs because when you lose four wickets early its always difficult to make a comeback.
“So I hope we won't do the same mistakes as the World Cup is not far away and as a team we want to do well in these conditions. We have almost toured four, five times here but we haven't done well and we have beaten this same team in England and Ireland in the past. There is no reason why you won't play well here but before saying anything, we have to play well,” said Tamim.