Published: Sat, June 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

India set to make debut in Cricket World Cup

India set to make debut in Cricket World Cup

Following an opening victory against South Africa in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, the Bangladeshis came into their second game with increased expectations, but paid the price for losing wickets at regular intervals as they were bowled out for 244 in the final over of the first innings.

The winning target in the day-night encounter was gettable despite a fresh pitch that was slower than expected, but it would have been far tougher if Kane Williamson had been run out on 8 and New Zealand slumped to 60-3.

"The spin played a big part but on this wicket it's hard for any teams".

The Kiwis though got their act together to eke out a two-wicket victory.

Munro and skipper Kane Williamson were able to add just 20 runs for the third wicket as Shakib accounted for his second wicket, dismissing Munro (24) in the tenth over.

"If you don't score big you have to take all your chances", he added.

His run out for 41 in the next game in Wellington probably cost the hosts a win in the five-run loss while he top-scored again with 67 in the fifth game against Eoin Morgan's side. And with the kind of depth and firepower the New Zealand batting has, the debate in the social media was how soon they can warp up the contest. And after that, he went on to make a fascinating observation, about the prospect this World Cup being just a haven for batsmen, where high-scoring games were likely to be the norm. Had Mushfiqur ran him out successfully, the match could have gone Tigers' way.

It wasn't a clinical effort with the bat, but it was nice to get over the line. That throw was straight to the stumps. He wanted to pick the ball first and then break the stumps but suddenly his elbow disturbed the bell. "Those sort of mistakes always happen on the ground".

"I think any reverse swing at the end can really help any death bowler, the margin for error becomes slightly bigger and the hitting zone is a little bit smaller".

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Earlier Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field.

And while Mashrafe admits it will be a big ask to win in Cardiff, he feels there are positives to take from this narrow loss.

Whether it's Boult taking the lead, or one of his teammates, the memories of 2015 remain a major motivator regardless, for a side aiming for another deep run in the tournament.

"If we can play our best possible cricket, you never know".

"Bangladesh fought all the way to the end and I think the way the crowd got into it, I thought at times while we were out there, I thought I was in Dhaka or Chittagong".

Tigers lost the match by two wickets in spite of posting a moderate total of 244 on the board.

"Obviously, very lucky with that one", said Taylor.

Ferguson's pace partner Henry said that Afghanistan are a "dangerous side" and New Zealand will treat them with "utmost respect".

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