Bangladesh seek World T20 resurgence

Bangladesh will look to bounce back from an embarrassing setback last week when they begin their Super-10 campaign in the World Twenty20 against the West Indies in Dhaka on Tuesday.

By (AFP)

Published: Tue 25 Mar 2014, 11:52 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:48 PM

The hosts crashed to a two-wicket defeat against unheralded minnows Hong Kong in a first round match in Chittagong on Thursday, narrowly escaping an early exit from the tournament.

Bangladesh were dismissed for 108 in 16.3 overs after being sent in to bat, with five batsmen falling for zeroes in an inexplicable collapse. Hong Kong, playing for the first time on the world stage, chased down the modest target with two balls to spare, recording their biggest win ever.

If Hong Kong had knocked off the runs in 13.1 overs, another first-timer Nepal would have sneaked through to the Super-10s instead of the hosts.

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim accepted it would be tough to come back after the loss, but said the unpredictable Twenty20 format gave him hope.

“It’s not going to be easy to get over what happened in the last game, but cricket is full of surprises,” Rahim told a media conference on Monday. “

Any team can win in the shortened game, and so can we. But we will need to play to our full potential. What happened earlier will not count.” Rahim said the West Indies, the defending champions, also will be under pressure after their seven-wicket defeat to India on Sunday. “We must take advantage of that,” he said. “It is a must-win game for them and they will feel the pressure.”

Bangladesh are drawn with the West Indies, Australia, India and Pakistan in group two, from where two teams will advance to the semi-finals. Senior all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan hoped his side will forget the defeat against Hong Kong and concentrate on the tougher games ahead.

“It is better not to talk about that game,” Shakib said. “We face a big challenge against so many top teams in our group. We have to be on top of our game.” — Agencies

and at the same time hope our opponents have a below-par game.”

Bangladesh will be without frontline seamer Rubel Hossain for the rest of the tournament after he dislocated a finger while fielding against Hong Kong.

He has been replaced by all-rounder Ziaur Rahman.

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