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Victory in tri-series final a big boost ahead of World Cup – Mashrafe Mortaza

After starring in Bangladesh's tri-series final triumph over West Indies, Mosaddek Hossain said the side was capable of doing just as well in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019.

Hossain smashed 52* off just 24 balls, plundering 25 runs in the 22nd over of the chase, and thoroughly enjoyed batting on these pitches, saying they were extremely conducive to batting. 

"We are going into the World Cup with a good amount of confidence, and hopefully it will help us perform well in the tournament," the 23-year-old said after the match. "In England, the wicket will be much better, and if I get a chance to bat down the order and play these kind of innings, then certainly it will be good for us.

"During the break, the seniors said that the way we batted throughout the tournament, if we can stay till the end, we can win the game. Naturally, it feels good to perform and make contribution in the final. But what is more important is that we are well prepared for the World Cup."

A lengthy rain interruption meant Bangladesh needed to chase down 210 in just 24 overs, but they held their nerve to secure what turned out to be a comfortable victory. Mashrafe Mortaza, their captain, was delighted with team's displays on the whole in the tournament. It was also a victory in a final after a long time for Bangladesh. In the last 10 years, they have reached six ODI finals, but a trophy remained elusive.

"Yes, obviously, it is a great feeling," said Mortaza. "Hopefully it is just the start, and we will continue [in this manner in the future]," he said. "It's been a long time we didn't win [in finals], but eventually we won it on the seventh time."

In England, the wicket will be much better and if I get a chance to bat down the order and play these kind of innings then certainly it will be good for us.

Mosaddek Hossain

Mortaza reckons the win will go a long way in helping Bangladesh's confidence at the premier event coming up. "The World Cup will be really challenging for us," Mortaza said. "These tough wins will really give us a big boost and we will be confident chasing or putting up big totals."

Bangladesh will play two warm-up games, against Pakistan on 26 May and against India on 28 May, before beginning their World Cup campaign on 2 June against South Africa at The Oval.

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