Sun News Desk: Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan said, we will play the match to win. A very important match for us, also for South Africa. They expected to get two points in the first match, but did not get it. So for them it will be a life-and-death struggle, there will be a little pressure. We won the match there.
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According to Shakib, Temba Bavuma’s team will be under pressure due to the loss of points. He said this in a press conference on Wednesday (October 26), the day before the match against South Africa.
Apart from Bangladesh-South Africa in Group-2, the other teams are India, Pakistan and Zimbabwe. The Proteas are on the back foot after losing points against Zimbabwe in the first match. Bangladesh wants to use that opportunity after 15 years to win the main stage of the World Cup.
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The cricketer said, of course (a win against South Africa to advance to the semis) is very important. Now is a match, if we win, that we will come close to proving that we are capable of doing that. So very important for us.
The game will start at 9 am Bangladesh time at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday (October 27). It is a day and night match local time.
He also said that the toss is something that is not in our hands. If we have to bat first, we will try to bat well. If you have to bowl first, you will try to do well. We want to go down with an open mind. I don’t worry about batting or bowling or tossing. In fact, we can’t control what’s not in our hands and we don’t want to. We want to go with an open mind, go into the field with a good mindset and enjoy the game.
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Earlier, Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup started well by defeating the Netherlands. They are at the top in group-2 by net run rate. Next is South Africa. The Proteas missed out on a rain-hit first match against Zimbabwe, dropping one point.