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Tigers wary of Windies threat

  • Published at 11:12 pm June 12th, 2019
Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan shares a light moment during training in Bristol Monday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik from Bristol

The Tigers targeted at least four-five wins to seal the semi-final spot, and now they have won only one out of their first four matches

Bangladesh team moved to Taunton from Bristol to take part in their next match against the West Indies, which will be played Monday. The Tigers’ previous match against Sri Lanka was washed out in Bristol Tuesday. 

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka had to share a point each. The Tigers can consider it as a missed opportunity as they had to win against the Lankans to bolster their chance of qualifying for the semi-final. From four matches, Bangladesh have three points.

The Tigers targeted at least four-five wins to seal the semi-final spot, and now they have won only one out of their first four matches. If Bangladesh had won the second game against the Kiwis then it would have been a much better situation for the Tigers. In the remaining fixtures, Bangladesh will face the West Indies, Australia, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. 

Their next opponent is the Windies and their pacers have performed well in the World Cup so far.  And ahead of their next game, the Tigers camp is well aware of the opponent’s strength.

“We have seen the West Indies bowl a lot of short stuff in this tournament so far. England have also shown that sort of potency or attack method in this World Cup so far. We've got certain ways of dealing with that. I'm very, very happy with the way we play the white ball, particularly, when it's short. I think you've seen some of our games in particular against South Africa, that didn't worry us,” said Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes to the media. 

“I also think in the England game, we played quite well. But with the likes of Jofra Archer, well, he's quite a special pacer. He is difficult to pick up, as well. We've played against the West Indies bowlers, recently, as well, out in Ireland. Certainly Oshane Thomas, as well, when we played against him in Bangladesh just before Christmas. So we are well aware of what they have got and we know what's coming and we've got some plans to try and deal with that,” he added.

Bangladesh team have travelled to Taunton yesterday by bus. The team are in a relaxed mood as they have no scheduled practice session on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Tigers will take part in a full practice session tomorrow at Community Coaching Clinic at Somerset County Cricket Ground from 1:00pm, local time.