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18 September, 2019 10:17:52 AM
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Zimbabwe won’t give up hopes, says Williams

SPORTS REPORTER, Ctg
Zimbabwe won’t give up hopes, says Williams
Zimbabwean players leave the ground after ending their practice session ahead of tri-nation second phase match with Bangladesh at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram yesterday. BCB photo

Zimbabwe all-rounder Seam Williams tipped the next match against Bangladesh as a must-win situation for them to stay in competition race of the tri-nation series, stating that the senior players they have in the team step up along with the junior group to make sure their chance of winning the match.

Drawing the example of the last two matches, where they pushed the teams to the last overs, Williams also said that if they can do the basics correctly and make their better decisions on the pitch, it will not be harder for them to triumph the very next fixture of the tournament.

But he warned his teammates by saying this the team they will face off in Chattogram is abound with some experienced campaigners, who can swap the complexion of the match at any time so they have to face a very tough challenge to do so.

“I think, definitely, we have to win the match (to stay in competition). Actually both the games we have are the must-win games. We have a chance of winning if we do the basics correct,” said Sean Williams, who represented Zimbabwe in 32 T20Is along with 131 ODIs and 10 Tests so far.

Fielding is the area along with some other subtle things we have for which we’ve worked for its improvement in Nigeria. I think we have good chances of winning both games if we can push the teams to the last overs. So, you know we can make a better decision in the field more frequently, I think, we have a very good chance of winnings those crucial matches,” Williams told media after their pre-match-day training session at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the port city yesterday.  

Citing the names of Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyad and Mushfiqur Rahim, the Zimbabwean all-rounder, who have playing experience at Bangladesh domestic cricket, said that there is no chance to take them lightly if they seek to win the match.

“I think Bangladesh is a very strong team all around. They have a good structure that spread at club level. But Twenty20 cricket is a different format of the game where you can win at any day by any margin. But they’ve got some very good players. They’ve good experienced campaigners-Shakib, Mahmudullah, Mushy (Mushfiqur Rahim). You know they are all very good players,” he opined.

“We’ve good respect for that fact. But no game is ever gone lightly. We just like to go out for our team,” he added.

“It is definitely. Like us, we need to do. Everything is taken care of yourself. So, they are under pressure, we know that. But you know again we have to do all of our basics to do that.”

“Look we’ve given a lot of input obviously to the junior guys. You know how the attacks and what we do the senior player is important as the backbone of the team to teach them as a future. Obviously, you know there are a few underperforming of life. So, we need to step up as a senior group and obviously to get the juniors following that got us in trouble place now. If the seniors can step up and do well as me right now it bringing a shine in good form on this choice. So, if we can step up, I think we have a very good chance.”

“I always believe. I can say we can find margin in the game. We can play certain bowlers better than others it is always a chance.  Nothing is impossible. So, we have to go and give our very best for it,” he said, signing off.

BK

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