With one loss and one abandoned match to their name so far in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Bangladesh are now in a tricky condition, but still in contention for a place in the semifinals. Now the Tigers will need to beat New Zealand and hope for other results to go their way in order to qualify for the semifinals. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ “আমাদের সেমিফাইনালে যাবার ভালো সুযোগ আছে”]
Though the equation is complicated and can turn out to be a tough one, Bangladesh maverick all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is off the view that they have very good chance to qualify for the semifinals.
“We are lucky, but this is something that no one can control,” Shakib said. “We need luck going forward to the next game. We have a very good chance (to qualify for the semifinals), but we need to win that game and need the other results going our way. The best thing we can do is go to Cardiff and win that game.”
In less that two weeks’ time, Bangladesh beat the Kiwis once in quite a comprehensive manner when the two teams locked horns with each other in the tri-nation series in Ireland.
While Shakib thinks this time the battle will be harder than the previous one, he is primed that the Tigers will give their best shot possible.
“That (win) will on the back of our mind, but we know that they are a much stronger side now,” he said. “They were missing a few important players. And this is an ICC tournament. They will try their best to win against us, they will play their best cricket.
“I’m hopeful they will be up for the challenge, but we have nothing to lose. This is the one game we can give our best shot.”
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com