With their first match against New Zealand getting washed out by rain on Friday, from now on every match is a must-win one for Australia. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ “বাংলাদেশের বিপক্ষে ভুল করার কোনো সুযোগ নেই”]
And Aussie skipper Steven Smith believes there’s no room for error against Bangladesh on Monday when these two teams will lock horns with each other in their second match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval.
“For us now it’s just about making sure that we’re playing each game like a final and winning the next two,” Smith said.
“It’s a pretty quick tournament, so you can’t really afford too many, well, a washout, really, or a loss. So you’ve got to turn it around quickly now and control what you can control,” he added.
With run rate now a significant factor due the wash-out, big-hitting Chris Lynn, overlooked in favour of the all-round skills of Moises Henriques, could be recalled.
“We’re going to be trying to win the game,” Smith said. We’ll look at the conditions there and see what sort of wicket we get. Obviously we’ve got to win the next game and probably quite well as well.”
Bangladesh too are now in a tricky condition because of the Australia-New Zealand wash-out. After losing the match against England by 8 wickets on Thursday, Bangladesh also need to win both their remaining games to qualify for the semifinals and remain in contention for the Champions Trophy.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com