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Point sharing with SL jeopardises Bangladesh’s prospect of semis

Point sharing with SL jeopardises
Bangladesh’s prospect of semis

Bangladesh jubilant fans enter County Club Ground in Bristol yesterday to witness the CWC 2019 match with Sri Lanka. But they return home disappointingly after rain forced the match to be abandoned without a ball being bowled. BCB Photo

Sharing of points with Sri Lanka in the crunch ICC Cricket World Cup 2019  match following their back-to-back losses to New Zealand and England, Bangladesh’s prospect of reaching the semi-finals of the 2019 flagship event mostly put at great risk.

The initial target Bangladesh set to beat to those teams of the 10-team tournament Sri Lanka were among them. So, victory against them was their full-fledged target en route to earning their full points.

The two-wicket loss against the Black Caps has compounded pressure on Bangladesh. After sharing a point with the island nation, Bangladesh’s next matches against West Indies (June 17), Australia (June 20), Afghanistan (June 24), India (July 2) and Pakistan (July 5) would be must win situation for them for their semi-finals’ berth what would really be difficult for them.

The way Bangladesh embarked on their World Cup mission with a 21-run victory over South Africa, who came into the showpiece event as third-ranked team after England and India, the victory that strengthened not only their high hopes of reaching their initial target but also their confidence level.

But the recent losses especially to New Zealand pushed them backward somewhat. So, Bangladesh had wishes to recoup it by getting full two points from the Sri Lanka match in Bristol. Finally it went in vain.    

“We’d obviously love to see ourselves in the semis, but again, the calculation is right now a lot, lot difficult for us,” said Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.

“As of now if we could manage to win one of those matches against New Zealand or England, it could have been a lot easier for us to reach our initial target,” Mashrafe told media earlier of the match.

“At the moment, it looks very difficult but I say it’s possible, it’s very much possible. We’ve to make sure that we come back to the winning track and then have a look what happens next,” he added.  

Before the Bristol match, Bangladesh lie a point behind Sri Lanka, who mustered three points in their kitty edging out Afghanistan and claiming a point from their washed out match against Pakistan.

 “Our confidence level went up after beating South Africa that we can beat New Zealand but we couldn’t,” the Bangladesh captain said.

“Pressure will be there in every match but at the same time I’ve to say that we’ve to cope with that pressure and make sure we deliver,” he also said.

“A few things can go out of plan but we have to make sure that at the end of the day, we are on the winning side,” he added.