Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza wants the batsmen to flourish late in the innings in the ODIs against England. It was something that they were unable to do batting first three times in the matches against Afghanistan.

Mashrafe and his men scored 69 runs in the last 10 overs in the first ODI against the Afghans, and managed 54 and 64 in the next two. Sabbir Rahman usually bears much of the slog-over hitting duties but he was out of sorts in the first two games.

He later hit form after being promoted to number three in the last match as Mahmudullah switched down to the middle order for some late fireworks. But he had little support from the other end. Mashrafe has often scored crucial runs down the order but he never clicked with the bat in the last series.

“We did poorly in this area [slog-over batting] in the last series. Things could have turned out differently in the first match if we hadn’t lost our set batsmen,” the skipper said. Poor batting in the final overs may have had no drastic effect on the Afghanistan matches, but against Jos Buttler and his men it is a completely different story.

The first ODI between Bangladesh and England will begin 2:30pm local time at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Friday.

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