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ICC World Cup, 2007


Tigers return to their hunting ground

9 April 2007

Bangladesh have reached Bridgetown, Barbados to play their last three super eight matches against England, Ireland and West Indies. Bangladesh started their dream world cup mission from Barbados by defeating New Zealand in a warm up match by 2 wickets on March 6, 2007. They also defeated Scotland in the other warm up match at the same venue.

Tigers win against Kiwis was the first sign of improvement and after one month period Bangladesh have reached into the new height of cricketing glory. After toppling South Africa, win in the last 3 matches could even earn them a semi-final place.

Bangladesh outclassed South Africa in Guyana which in many ways offered conditions similar to sub-continents. The wickets of Barbados are not very different and except some early seam movement, offered assistance to spinners in the warm-up matches.

Tigers return to their hunting ground.

Tigers return to their hunting ground © Reuters

Bangladesh has got one of the most potent spin attacks among world cup teams and their slow left arm army played key roles in their triumphs over India and South Africa. They shared 12 wickets between them in 59.4 overs giving away only 213 runs in those matches and have given Bangladesh the strength to scoff at rankings and clinically outshine oppositions under difficult conditions.

Abdur Razzak, the best of the spin trio took 4 wickets for 26 runs against New Zealand at Barbados. The spin army was more dominant against Scotland and took 6 wickets for 66 run in 30 overs. Bangladesh will be looking for similar domination from their spin attack in the remaining matches.

The hot and humid weather of Bridgetown is expected to remain same with the course of super eights matches and Bangladesh will be delighted to have conditions similar to home.

All-rounder Farhad Reza, the replacement for inured Tapash Baisya has already reached at Bridgetown and is expected to play a part in the remaining super eights campaign of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar expressed his desire to make further progress and they face England on April 11 at Kensigton Oval in a bid to win a semi-final berth.

  • Khondaker Mirazur Rahman

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