Bangladesh have finished their tri-nation series campaign with Ireland and New Zealand in Ireland with a five-wicket victory over Blackcaps in the sixth ODI at Malahide. The Tigers’ next assignment will be the big Champions Trophy. Skipper Mashrafe Bin Mortaza feels they are in a group of death.
Bangladesh will face host side England on June 1 in the opening match. It will be followed by matches against Australia on June 5 and New Zealand on June 9. Before the tournament starts, the Tigers will warm themselves up against India and Pakistan. The captain hopes atleast a win in those warm-up games.
“I think their bowling will be a bit better when Tim Southee and Trent Boult return. Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill will be back too probably. But even then I think that a win always gives a team a boost. Before the New Zealand match we have two practice matches [against Pakistan and India] and two important matches against England and Australia. A win gives us confidence and it lets us leave Ireland with confidence, so I hope that will help us.
“The group we are playing in is almost a group of death. We have to play the top three teams in the world. But you cannot predict anything – on your good day you can win. We will try to be on our toes from the beginning and if the opportunity comes, hopefully we can utilise it.”
The Narail Express hopes to his team to deliver its best in the Champions Trophy.
“Maybe the first ODI against New Zealand we could have done better. One or two decisions could have come in our favour, but it’s no use talking about such things. But so far, we have come close to doing what we set out to do here and now we have to do our best in England,” he added.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com