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Tiger444
October 1, 2010, 06:20 PM
Zunaed eyes another 85

Bangladesh batsman Zunaed Siddiqui said that his match-winning knock against New Zealand two years ago always motivates him.

The left-hander hit 85 in only his second one-dayer at home, paving the way for the Tigers to a seven-wicket win exactly two years ago. Mohammad Ashraful, who is out of the team this time for poor form, smashed an unbeaten 60 after Mashrafe Bin Mortaza's four-wicket haul in Bangladesh's maiden one-day victory against the Kiwis.

"I often watch the video of that match because it inspires me to play good cricket. I watched it last night also. I am looking forward to continue my good form in the coming series," said a confident Zunaed while talking to the reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

"It would be fantastic if I can play another innings like that in the five-match one-day series," he added.

The young batsman, originally groomed as an opener, has been going through a purple patch batting at number three. In the last ten ODI innings, he made his maiden hundred against Ireland and scored two half-centuries (97 against Pakistan and 51 against England) and also hit a hundred and two fifties in his last ten Test innings to maintain some sort of consistency.

It would not be a surprise to see him as an opener again in the series after southpaw Tamim Iqbal was ruled out from the series due to a surgery on his left wrist, but Zunaed is hardly concerned with his batting position.

"I'm enjoying my batting as a one-down batsman. But I'm ready to bat at any position according to my team's demand. My main concern is to contribute something and I am very confident ahead of the series," he said.

Zunaed believes that the Tigers have a very good chance in the five-match one-day series. The first match will take place at Mirpur on October 5.

"We are going to play all the matches at Mirpur and I think the first match would be very important for us. We are familiar with the wicket and we have trained hard this time, so we have a good chance," hoped Zunaed.

Responding to a question, the left-hander also said that they are not worried with the pace attack of the New Zealand side.

"Recently we played a very good bowling attack like England and it was in their condition, so we are not scared of any attack.

"We are ready to take any challenge. I think our team is now well tuned to play good cricket," Zunaed opined.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=156771

Great to see big Z being so positive for the upcoming series..he's gonna be 1 of the key batsmen this series and looking for him to play important knocks in this series..

al-Sagar
October 1, 2010, 09:34 PM
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_Rafi_
October 1, 2010, 10:05 PM
185 should be his ultimate target if not a double century! 85 runs isn't enough to win matches.

Naimul_Hd
October 1, 2010, 10:12 PM
by referring that 85 runs, he meant a "match winning" score ! :)

Murad
October 1, 2010, 10:17 PM
That 85 run innings (http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/361755.html) with 62 strike rate? That wasn't enough to win the game. He was too slow and struggling a lot and in the end he gave away his wicket as well. It was Ash's innings that won the game in the end.[No I'm not praising Ash here. ]

I don't want to see another innings like that from a no.3 batsman. SR of 75 should be the minimum for a no.3 batsman (unless situation demands a slow innings).

Naimul_Hd
October 1, 2010, 10:34 PM
That 85 run innings (http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/361755.html) with 62 strike rate? That wasn't enough to win the game. He was too slow and struggling a lot and in the end he gave away his wicket as well. It was Ash's innings that won the game in the end.[No I'm not praising Ash here. ]
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Chasing 201 runs, Junaid did not require to go after bowlers. Moreover, he was batting along Tamim and Mushfiq who's job was to accelerate runs. So, i guess, his role was to retain his wicket and support Tamim and Mushfiq, and to me, he did that perfectly.

In that match, Ashraful really played well. We should praise him for that match winning innings. It does not harm to give credits when its due, does it ?

Habib
October 1, 2010, 10:42 PM
He should increase his target by 15 runs more. Then it'll be fine.
And yes that 85 was really crucial in those circumstances.

iDumb
October 1, 2010, 10:47 PM
by referring that 85 runs, he meant a "match winning" score ! :)

yeah I think so too. Scoring 85 runs in whole of 5 games is actually a pretty sad target. He should target to score at least 3 50s.

Tiger444
October 1, 2010, 10:50 PM
Zunaed's 85 was a very good match winning knock in those circumstances..he's the one who held the innings together and thats why Ash could go for his shots..so Zunaed was the star of the match but yes both played match winning knocks there but Zunaed's was definitely more important..Zunaed at that time was a lot slower though but now he's really improved his shot playing ability so if he can get going I could see him playing better knocks this series..

al-Sagar
October 1, 2010, 11:07 PM
i would happy with 25 runs if it is a match winning 25 runs rather that a 125 for a defeated side

BANFAN
October 2, 2010, 02:07 AM
Why not a 100 ??

lamisa
October 2, 2010, 03:59 AM
^^^are bhai,figure of speech ar ki!

Equinox
October 2, 2010, 08:29 AM
That 85 run innings (http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/361755.html) with 62 strike rate? That wasn't enough to win the game. He was too slow and struggling a lot and in the end he gave away his wicket as well. It was Ash's innings that won the game in the end.[No I'm not praising Ash here. ]

I don't want to see another innings like that from a no.3 batsman. SR of 75 should be the minimum for a no.3 batsman (unless situation demands a slow innings).
That is a pretty silly comment. When chasing 201 strike rate goes out the window. It was Mashrafe who won us the game IMO. Restricting New Zealand to 201 on that pitch was the prime reason we won and Mashrafe was the architect. 3 of his wickets were top order wickets including McCullum and Ryder. Zunaed, Ash and Razzak played supporting roles. Given the target there was no justification for Ash's approach batting at no. 4. Even if he had got his usual 20-25 runs we would have eventually won albeit losing more wickets. So order of performance on that day:
Mashrafe (PoM according to me)
Zunaed
Ash
Razzak
Shakib

simon
October 2, 2010, 09:18 AM
Junaid cheleta khoob improve korchey & his body language is very different since he hit that maiden test hundred,I'm expecting some good innings from him as well as from Bhimrul.:)

Tiger444
October 2, 2010, 02:49 PM
That is a pretty silly comment. When chasing 201 strike rate goes out the window. It was Mashrafe who won us the game IMO. Restricting New Zealand to 201 on that pitch was the prime reason we won and Mashrafe was the architect. 3 of his wickets were top order wickets including McCullum and Ryder. Zunaed, Ash and Razzak played supporting roles. Given the target there was no justification for Ash's approach batting at no. 4. Even if he had got his usual 20-25 runs we would have eventually won albeit losing more wickets. So order of performance on that day:
Mashrafe (PoM according to me)
Zunaed
Ash
Razzak
Shakib

Hit the nail on the head..Mash was the one who gave us the momentum and put the pressure on NZ..the bowlers did more then their job and the batsmen just did their job in getting the total..both Zunaed and Ash played great innings which guided us to the win..of course Ash played great..when's he's on song he's probably our best batsman..so obviously his innings looked better then Zunaed's but Zunaed dropped the anchor which gave Ash the oppurtunity to play his shots..if there was 1-2 more of Zunaed's innings in the next 2 ODIs then we could've seen a whitewash or a series win..

mij
October 2, 2010, 07:57 PM
I just hope he has more confidence and belief that we can win not just do well and look for 85 runs.

bujhee kom
October 2, 2010, 11:24 PM
Zunaid Siddiquie needs to grow beyond this '85' runs milestone/dream thing, period!

max410
October 2, 2010, 11:27 PM
All hail to junaid hopefully he will do well this series

lamisa
October 3, 2010, 10:57 AM
i get a good feeling about big z this time!he's improved soooo much!

FagunerAgun
October 3, 2010, 11:03 AM
He should step up in absence of Tamim.
I believe he can do that.
Go all the way, ZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

Nadim
October 3, 2010, 11:05 AM
boger moto eto lomba hoia birale moto eto khato target set kore ken?:mad:
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FagunerAgun
October 3, 2010, 11:08 AM
boger moto eto lomba hoia birale moto eto khato target set kore ken?:mad:

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Nadim classic. :-D

Haru-party
October 3, 2010, 11:38 AM
boger moto eto lomba hoia birale moto eto khato target set kore ken?:mad:
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hahahhahahha lol