CARDIFF, United Kingdom: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza believes his side can face the future with renewed confidence even if they are denied a semifinal place at the Champions Trophy.
The Tigers gave themselves a shot at a last four spot with a stunning five-wicket win over New Zealand in Cardiff on Friday.
Bangladesh collapsed to 12 for three and were facing a humiliating loss at 33 for four in the 12th over.
But Shakib Al Hasan (114) and Mahmudullah (102 not out) responded to the pressure of a dire position in a must-win game with a brilliant new Bangladesh record partnership of 224 that turned the match upside down and saw New Zealand eliminated.
Bangladesh still need already-qualified England to beat Australia in the final Group A match at Edgbaston on Saturday, or for the fixture to be a washed out no result, to go through to the last four of an event featuring the world’s top eight one-day international teams. “That will be nice (if England win), but we can’t just expect Australia to lose that game,” Mortaza told reporters. “I would like to say the best of luck to both teams, because whatever we could do we did.”
The paceman added: “Obviously, I would like to go to the semis and if we do we will hopefully play better cricket than in the last three matches.
“We have to wait now, but in the last three years we keep improving a lot. This sort of performance really help us to move forward, especially with the 2019 World Cup (in England) coming up. It will really boost the team.” — AFP
M Guptill lbw Rubel Hossain 33
L Ronchi c Mustafizur b Taskin 16
K Williamson run out 57
R Taylor c Mustafizur b Taskin 63
N Broom c Tamim b Mossaddek 36
J Neesham st Mushfiqur b Mossaddek 23
C Anderson lbw b Mossaddek 0
M Santner not out 14
A Milne b Mustafizur 7
T Southee not out 10
Extras (w6) 6
Total (8 wkts, 50 overs) 265
Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-69, 3-152, 4-201, 5-228, 6-229, 7-240, 8-252
Bowling: Mortaza 10-1-45-0, Mustafizur 9-0-52-1, Taskin 8-0-43-2, Rubel 10-0-60-1, Shakib 10-0-52-0, Mossaddek 3-0-13-3
Tamim lbw Southee 0
Soumya lbw Southee 3
Sabbir c Ronchi b Southee 8
Mushfiqur b Milne 14
Shakib b Boult 114
Mahmudullah not out 102
Mossaddek not out 7
Extras (lb2, w18) 20
Total (5 wkts, 47.2 overs) 268
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-10, 3-12, 4-33, 5-257
Bowling: Southee 9-1-45-3, Boult 10-0-48-1, Milne 9.2-0-58-1, Neesham 4-0-30-0, Santner 10-0-47-0, Anderson 3-0-19-0, Williamson 2-0-19-0