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ICC World Cup, 2007


Whatmore expecting better against New Zealand

1 April 2007

Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore is upbeat despite his side's 10 wicket loss against Australia and is expecting a much better effort from Bangladesh in their Super 8 tie against New Zealand at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua tomorrow (Monday).

Whatmore was visibly upset to see his young guns wasting the opportunity with too many early strokes which ultimately resulted in their downfall. He is expecting that they will learn from their mistake and will apply more logic to produce a much more disciplined show against New Zealand.

"We've got to have a little bit more discipline, apply logic and then we'll do better".

Whatmore expecting better against New Zealand.

Whatmore expecting better against New Zealand © AFP

"The boys have got the ability, but a rush of blood here and a rush of blood there and it's so frustrating," said Whatmore in the post match briefing.

Bangladesh has beaten New Zealand in the warm up match before the world cup and Whatmore believes Bangladesh has got the potential to repeat the result. Bangladesh's win over Black Caps came as a morale booster and played a very important role in their world cup success to reach super eight by toppling India.

Loss to Bangladesh is the only hiccup in New Zealand's recent impressive ODI form and Whatmore believes current New Zealand is well capable to challenge the rampant Aussie side. He admitted that Bangladesh's task will be very difficult due to the all-round character of the Kiwis and he urged a professional display from Tigers to get the desired result.

"They are a good solid team in any conditions and they'll be good opposition on Monday. They are strong all over, a very good fielding team and they bat deep with all-rounders."

"Now, it's very important to understand the opposition and play accordingly. I hope players will learn from their mistakes today and will bounce back with a professional display against New Zealand," said Whatmore.

  • Khondaker Mirazur Rahman

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