Bangladesh face real challenge against England tomorrow but Mashrafe is confident
8 March 2015, Nirapad News : Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza admits the pressure is on ahead of their Pool A clash with England on Monday but is confident his team can deliver.
The match starts at 9:30am Bangladesh time at Adelaide Oval on Monday.
The Tigers are ready for the match that matters , because a win will set them on course for the last 8.
England must win if they are to have a chance of reaching the quarter-finals, while theoretically, Bangladesh can lose and still reach the last eight if they win their next match against New Zealand.
Bangladesh chased down 318 to beat Scotland last Thursday and Mortaza says that performance gives his side confidence they can emerge victorious from the clash with England.
“If we can win this match, it will be a great memory for everyone involved with this team,” he told reporters ahead of Monday’s game at the Adelaide Oval.
“Definitely it’s a pressure match, but our boys are looking very confident especially after chasing 318 in the last match,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter who they’re against. So the boys are very confident, which is more important, and they’re ready to give their best tomorrow.”
The last time the two sides met at a World Cup resulted in a shock two-wicket win for Bangladesh on home soil in Chittagong.
“It was four years back – that is a long time ago,” Mortaza said.
“We have to play good cricket tomorrow, which is very important for us. Yes, it’s a nice memory for us also, but I think it depends how we play tomorrow.
“That is the main thing.”
England coach Peter Moores is backing his under-performing side to step up to the plate and keep England’s World Cup hopes alive.
“There is certainly pressure on us as a team because we have not played as well as we would have liked to have done,” he said.
“We know we’ve got to win the game.
“The ability to be able to handle pressure and play under pressure is part of the job of being an international player. So that will be the challenge for the players tomorrow.”