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If Bangladesh can beat India in consecutive ODI series at home will be a high point for Bangladesh as the home side is looking for a commanding lead in the ongoing three match ODI series on Wednesday.
Their one-wicket victory in the first ODI was thrilling to watch, and the 51-run tenth-wicket stand between Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mustafizur Rahman demonstrated how dangerous Bangladesh are at home.
If Bangladesh are able to seal the series against India, it will be their sixth win in their last seven ODI series.
Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo praised his team's character for clinging on to win the first but he added that they were aware that an improved performance was required if they were to win the series.
"I have been involved in some amazing games with Bangladesh. We have had some narrows wins and losses, but that [the first ODI] was as close as they come. It shouldn't have been that tight. When we needed 59 runs with four wickets down, we were in a pretty good position. By far not the perfect performance. There's lot of work still to be done. But, to be able to win from that situation, says a lot about the team's character."
Domingo stated that he had a lengthy discussion with the team during Tuesday's training session about staying in the present rather than living on the first ODI victory.
"The guys were ecstatic. Rightfully so. But come today, it's done. We have had a good long chat. We have to try to improve in every department tomorrow because we know it will be a tough game" he added.
Bangladesh is unlikely to break their winning streak in the second ODI. On the eve of the match, Domingo stated that the team management would not risk pacer Taskin Ahmed, despite the fact that he had mostly recovered from a back injury sustained during a Bangladesh Cricket League match in late November.
Bangladesh have some concerns in batting. At one point during the first ODI, they went 104 balls without hitting a boundary, and all of that pressure contributed to their collapse from 128 for 4 to 136 for 9. If the pitch on Wednesday is similar, the batters may need to come out with more specific plans for scoring.
However, their bowling was impressive as Mustafizur Rahman, Ebadot Hossain, and Hasan Mahmud put the batters on the back foot and Shakib Al Hasan took advantage of the natural variation on offer to pick up five wickets.
Mehidy was also useful on the first powerplay. If they can put on another collective performance on Wednesday, India may struggle to get back into the series.