Bangladesh have shown they’re a quality side: Southee

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There was a time when two of Bangladesh’s big victories would have a huge time gap between them. But now with the team’s coming of age, such days are becoming increasingly common for Bangladesh.

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“They are always improving and are a real force in their own conditions. They know how to play in their own backyard, and now we’re seeing that they are also developing away from Bangladesh,” said New Zealand pacer Tim Southee after losing the match to them by 5 wickets.

“That comes with more exposure around the world. They’ve been getting that over the last couple of years and they’ve shown they’re a quality side. I think we’ll see a really competitive Bangladesh over the next few years – not only at home but away from home as well.”

After restricting the Kiwis to a total of just 265 runs, Bangladesh might have thought of making the chase some kind of a cake walk. But soon they were in a spot of bother when once again their top-order failed to step up, and they were reeling at 33 for four.

From that precarious position, the pair of Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad not only rescued Bangladesh, but both slammed centuries and went on to share a record partnership of 224 runs to see the Tigers through.

Now, if England can beat Australia on Saturday, Bangladesh will qualify to the semifinals of this ICC Champions Trophy 2017, something they never did before.

 

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com