Bangladesh are in Cardiff to play an ODI game once again after 12 years. They have sweet memories of beating Australia in 2005. This time they will face New Zealand in race to keep Semi-finals hopes alive in Champions Trophy.
Bangladesh chased 250 against Australia way back in June 2005. Mohammad Ashraful was the hero of the moment when he scored 100. It was an unforgettable moment when Aftab Ahmed hit Jason Gillespie for a six in the first ball of last over and then it was followed by a historic single to seal five-wicket victory over Ricky Ponting’s side. It was one of the greatest wins in Bangladesh history.
Cardiff has changed a lot in 12 years. Recently, the ground’s name has been changed from Sophia Gardens to Swalec Stadium. The press box at that time could accommodate seven/eight reporters. Now it has better facilities. The present players’ lounge was actually a green bank and there was only one stand right at the opposite end of the member’s lounge.
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is the only cricketer in current Bangladesh line-up to have played that historic match. 12 years later, under his captaincy, Bangladesh are aiming to win against New Zealand on Friday to be in contentions for the knockouts. If they win, Australia’s loss to England will do the favour for them. Cardiff will be proved lucky once again for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh are yet to play their best cricket so far in this tournament. It is yet to come. The best teams save their best games for when it really matters. Can the Tigers show off their best against Blackcaps?
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com