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23 June, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Tigers now focus only on Afghanistan

Tough time ahead of Bangladesh
Sports Reporter, Dhaka
Tigers now focus only on Afghanistan
Bangladesh’s captain Mashrafe Mortaza reacts during the CWC 2019 match against Australia at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Thursday. AFP photo

Keeping the equation in mind, Bangladesh were evolving through their World Cup that has been overturned just after sharing of points with Sri Lanka follow their loss to New Zealand. It has been toughen further after drubbing to defending champions Australia in the high-scoring thriller of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup which was being held in England and Wales, United Kingdom.

In the middle of the extravaganza event, the bigger teams will be fumbled and changes will be made on points-table that will get the fight of the penultimate moment of the knock-out stage. Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza made such anticipation. Even he reiterated it even after tasting a 48-run defeat to Australia.

In the true sense, such upset is not happened rather favourites are moving ahead with their domination. New Zealand is very lucky team. They smoothened their semi-finals passage by winning against Bangladesh and South Africa. Australia are on the course of the top four spot. India will keep their footstep if they can humble Afghanistan.

The fight for the fourth spot has been limited to England, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Pakistan are looking for an surprise. Of them, England fell to an acid test after losing to Sri Lanka at The Lord’s. And that made the thrilling of the fight of going to the World Cup semifinals.

Bangladesh are on the sphere of the semi-final. So, Bangladesh are keeping their focus on each of their next games. Mashrafe is busy in making the tight equation standing in the middle of the tournament.        

“It should not tell anything right way. You never know what will be happened in the next. What we can do is we can play better cricket in the last three matches of the World Cup,” Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said.

“It’s of course tough. If we can win those three matches and then we have to look at the output of the other’s matches,” Mashrafe told media.

Bangladesh will play next matches against Afghanistan at Southampton on June 24, India at Birmingham on July 2 and Pakistan at the Lords on July 5. They have to win each of the three matches to cruise to the semifinal. Bangladesh won against Pakistan in the last four off the four matches.

They faced off India where they won two out of six outings. Bangladesh gave a tough fight in the last Asia Cup final against India before being lost the final.

It might be acted as a tonic for Bangladesh team to fight against Team India in the mega-event. But they have to fight against Afghanistan in the next match, the team who are yet to earn any points and remained at rock-bottom on the 10-team standings.

The rift among the players of the team has been revealed after being sent their wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad home. Leg-spin prodigy Rashid Khan dispirited after being struck more sixes by England batsmen.

Afghanistan beat Bangladesh in dominating fashion in T20 series in India. So, they have to stay aware of them. The Tigers have to keep in mind their stats against Afghanistan. Bangladesh have bitter experiences to lose to Canada in 2003 World Cup and Kenya in 2007 World Cup after being felt them favourites against those team.

BCB Cricket Operation Committee Chairman Akram Khan gave a message to the team that they should focus only on Afghanistan not to think much about the rest of the two teams together.

“It’d be better for us if we could win against Afghanistan. It’d be big setback if anything negative comes from it. And for this, we’re thinking only about the Afghanistan match,” Akram Khan said.

 

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