Bangladesh haven’t had a great outing so far in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2017, losing the first match to England by 8 wickets before narrowly surviving another defeat at the hands of Australia thanks to a timely rainfall. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ‘বাংলাদেশের সামনে এটিই শেষ সুযোগ’]
However, they are still in the tournament, and a win against New Zealand in Cardiff will keep their semifinals hope alive.
And the former Tigers captain Habibul Bashar Sumon has described the match against New Zealand as Bangladesh’s “one last chance”.
“Bangladesh gets one final chance to make an impression in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, in what is a must-win contest in Cardiff on Friday not just for it but also for its opponent New Zealand,” he wrote in his latest column for ICC.
“Both teams have just one point after two Group A matches each, and a victory will far from assure either of a place in the semi-final, but that is not in their control. What the teams can target is a complete all-round show and two points, which will keep their interest alive until the England-Australia showdown the following day at Edgbaston,” he added.
Bashar also hopes that unlike the previous match, the weather will not play spoilsport once again, and allow both sides to put up a fight before one of them getting knocked out of the competition.
“I just hope the weather doesn’t have the final say, because one point each is not going to help either side. At the end of the day, you would rather be eliminated on the field of play than through extraneous factors, so for the sake of the competition, I hope we have a full 100-over game at a venue that is special for Bangladesh cricket.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com