The historic five-wicket win over New Zealand in Dublin on Wednesday (May 24) saw Bangladesh climb to No.6 rank in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings for the first time.
Bangladesh aced the chase of 271 courtesy a decisive sixth-wicket stand between Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, who scored 45 and 46 respectively. The victory put Bangladesh on par with Sri Lanka with 93 points, but a small decimal difference saw Sri Lanka slump to the seventh position in the table.
It also marked the first time Bangladesh has been ranked ahead of three former World Cup winners — Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the West Indies.
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The timely boost in ranking will inject further impetus into the young Bangladesh side which will play two warm-up matches before their opening game against England at the Oval on June 1.
“The warm-up games will be important, wickets will be different from here but we will learn something from the games against Pakistan and India, so they are two big games,” said Mortaza following Wednesday’s game according to ESPNCricinfo.
“We missed out in the first game against Ireland and the first game against New Zealand was tough but we did really well in last two games and confidence is high at the moment.”