‘Different hype, different pressure’

'Different hype, different pressure'

Bangladesh have defeated New Zealand several times in the past. As these sides lock horns with each other in Group A match in Cardiff, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza thinks it won’t be easy to beat them in a tournament like Champions Trophy.

Bangladesh have won eight ODIs against New Zealand including 4-0 and 3-0 whitewashes in 2010 and 2013. They won their first away game over the Blackcaps in Dublin in the tri-nation series in May. But this time, Tigers skipper thinks the tournament has different hype and pressure.

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“We have won some matches against New Zealand in the last. We won our recent match too. But in a tournament like this, it has different hype and pressure. If we can win here, the happiness will be different.

“New Zealand are played good cricket. They could have won against Australia if it was not abandoned. It will not be easy to beat them in this type of tournament. A win against them will be great,” he said.

Captain is hopeful that the batsmen will play with responsibilities against the Kiwi bowling line-up which has Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Adam Milne.

“Their bowling attack is definitely strong. We have played with them five times (in ODIs) in last few months. Apart from Milne, most of our batsmen in the dressing have played with their bowlers. I believe they will cope with them well. They are bowling very well. I hope our batsmen will play with responsibilities,” he added.

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com