Bangladesh allrounder Nasir Hossain has produced a dominant performance for Bangladesh A against India A, starring with bat and ball to lead his team to a 65-run win.
Nasir scored an unbeaten century and took five wickets in the one-day match on Friday, in a powerful show of form ahead of the two-Test series against Australia next month.
Coming to the crease with Bangladesh in trouble at 5-82, Nasir scored 102 not out off 96 balls to help Bangladesh A post 8-252, before taking 5-36 as India were dismissed for 187.
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Nasir, who has played 17 Tests since his debut in 2011 and was part of the team which took on South Africa in two Tests in July, said he enjoyed playing the role of ‘finisher’ in one-dayers.
"To be honest, yes, I love batting at that position,” the 23-year-old said after the match.
"I have played many innings like this earlier in my career. So that experience helped me a lot.
"My main motive was to bat the full 50 overs, irrespective of who was with me at the other end."
Nasir bowled brilliantly in tandem with fellow Test player Rubel Hossain, who finished with 4-33 from his nine overs, having earlier formed a 70-run sixth-wicket stand with wicketkeeper Liton Das.
Liton Das scored fifty against South Africa in July // Getty Images
"To be honest, there wasn't any target in our minds,” Nasir said.
"We thought of playing out the overs instead of looking for runs, and build a solid partnership. And luckily, that worked well for us today."
Bangladesh A’s performance on Friday was in stark contrast to the first one-dayer, when India A cruised to a 96-run victory.
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"In the last match we played, our top order and middle order failed to click,” Nasir said.
"But today, after getting the good total up on the board, we had the belief that we would be able to restrict them to under 230.
"Although they batted well upfront and did not lose any wickets, we maintained the pressure and I'm sure they felt it. The belief we had in ourselves was the most important part of this win.”
That belief could come in handy, with many of the players taking part in the ‘A’ series against India, including Nasir, Liton, Rubel, Mominul Haque and Soumya Sarkar, also vying for Test berths in the two-match series against Australia next month.
The third and final one-dayer will be played on Sunday in Bangalore.