Tigers upbeat ahead of New Zealand clash

Published: June 04, 2019 15:29:50 | Updated: June 06, 2019 20:55:52

After a flying start in the ICC Men’s World Cup beating South Africa, Bangladesh are now upbeat ahead of their match against New Zealand on Wednesday at the Oval, London, reports UNB.

The match will start at 06:30 pm (BdST), and will be broadcast live by Maasranga, Gtv, and Btv.

Cricket fans can also watch the game live on Rabbithole (rabbitholebd.com) and Bioscope (bioscopelive.com).

In the first match on June 02 against South Africa, ranked number three in the latest ICC ODI ranking, Tigers were clinical both with the ball and bat.

With the help of two brilliant knocks by Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh posted 330 runs while batting first .

They restricted the Proteas for 309 runs to seal the game by 21 runs.

Tigers are optimistic about replicating the same performance against New Zealand, who beat Sri Lanka in their first game by 10 wickets.

The Kiwis, the current runners-up of the World Cup, also proved that they are more than capable of going all the way in the tournament.

In the first game, Shakib inspired the Tigers to seal the game hitting a fifty, and then returned with bowling figures of 1/50 in 10 overs.

He won the man of the match award - his first in the World Cups. Shakib believes they are well equipped to win the battle against the Kiwis as well.

“We came to this World Cup wanting to do well. We’re well prepared and confident enough to take on the challenge but at the same time, we’re relaxed. We know we’ve the ability and required skillset to beat the big teams,” Shakib told the media.

The number one all-rounder said: “I think that we’re in a good place, mentally. I think if we can continue in this manner, we can go a long way in the tournament.”

Shakib has the experience of upsetting New Zealand in the ICC Champions Trophy back in 2017 in England when he struck a hundred to beat the Kiwis chasing 265 runs after losing four wickets just in 33 runs. In the fourth wicket stand, Shakib and Mahmudullah Riyad added 224 runs to secure the game. Both of Shakib and Mahmudullah are in good touch as they hit 75 and 46 respectively.

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