Mashrafe Bin Mortaza-led Bangladesh have reached London in the afternoon on Sunday (May 28) where they will be based for their first Champions Trophy match against England on June 1, and then against Australia on June 5 at The Oval. Before all that, the Tigers will play their second and last Champions Trophy warm-up against India at the same venue on May 30.
Most of the Bangladesh players were fasting on Sunday, and they were a little downbeat upon their arrival at the Grange City Hotel in East London at around 2:15pm yesterday because of the shocking 2-wicket loss to Pakistan in the previous night.
Batting first in Saturday’s match against Pakistan, Bangladesh amassed a huge total of 341 for 9 on the board courtesy of Tamim Iqbal’s 102. Imrul Kayes also played a solid knock of 61. The Tigers were reportedly confident of a win until three overs were left in the match.
At one point, Pakistan were seven-down for 242 after 41.3 overs, chasing 342. It was then that a relative unknown by the name of Fahim Ashraf, who came in to bat at number nine, smote an unbeaten 30-ball 64 to deliver a scarcely believable two-wicket win with three balls.
Bangladesh will get another chance to regain some momentum when they face India on Tuesday (May 30). The match will be telecast live on Star Sports.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com