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Old April 8, 2007, 05:14 AM
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Ashraful revels in crunch time

By Stephen Brenkley

Published: 08 April 2007

By common consent, Bangladesh are a vastly improved team. They defeated India and deserve their unexpected place in the second stage of the World Cup. But there is also an element of wishful thinking - cricket wants and needs them to be better.
If Bangladesh have indeed made progress they are still no great shakes. Their batsmen, blessed with flair, too often lack the rudimentary discipline to construct an innings and there is the suspicion that they can be intimidated into false strokes.
This shortcoming seemed about to be exhibited almost to perfection against South Africa yesterday. Batsman after batsman chose ill-advised courses of action and made a serviceable total harder to acquire.
It took some typically spectacular hitting from Mohammad Ashr
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You only play good cricket when you win/draw matches.
I am with Bangladesh, whether they win or lose .
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