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Mashrafe: Have to think positive


Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, the skipper of Bangladesh team has told that the team needs to think positive for their do-or-die match against New Zealand in Group A in the Champions Trophy at Swalec Stadium, Cardiff.

He informed that Bangladesh changed their plans after they were bowled out for 84 runs against India in the warm-up game. But now, he realises that they can’t to negative way.

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“We have to think positive, for sure. For that, if we need to pick five — normally we play with five bowlers all the time. Yes, first match, we were thinking because in the India practice match, we got out for 84, so we had to rethink a lot of things. But we can’t just go on the negative way. We have to think positive, and obviously we have to make our combination accordingly. We have to score, as well as get them all out,” he explained.

Tamim Iqbal has scored 223 runs so far in two matches with a centuries. But the captain believes that Tamim won’t score big runs everyday.

“The bowlers have a plan with the coaching staff, so we have to stick to it,” he said. “The form he’s going, it is unbelievable. But if you look on our side, I think Tamim is in great form too. It doesn’t mean that Tamim will come in and score tomorrow as well.”

Like Tamim, Kane Williamson is also having a good run in the Champions Trophy. But the Tigers skipper reminded that they can’t make plans for the Kiwi skipper only.

“But yes, he is in great form but we cannot focus only in on Williamson. They have some players like (Martin) Guptill who can change the game. We have to think all of their batters as a bowling group, and obviously our batters have to think about their bowlers,” said Mashrafe.

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-Ruffin, Correspondent,

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