Champions Trophy 2017: Bangladesh Need To Play “extraordinary cricket” To Beat New Zealand

Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza admitted that his side should play “extraordinary cricket” to defeat New Zealand. While playing against New Zealand they have plans for Kane Williamson, but they won’t be focusing solely on him.

The 33-year-old Bangladesh captain Mortaza said “He is in great form but we cannot focus only in on Williamson. They have some players like (Martin) Guptill who can change the game. We have to think all of their batters as a bowling group, and obviously, our batters have to think about their bowlers.”

Talking about the plans they have for Williamson, Mortaza said “The bowlers have a plan with the coaching staff, so we have to stick to it. The form he’s going, it is unbelievable. But if you look on our side, I think Tamim is in great form too. It doesn’t mean that Tamim will come in and score tomorrow as well.”

Mashrafe Mortaza

Mortaza makes his team chances against New Zealand in their upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Group A match. “Everyone knows that we can’t win with our usual game. If we play extraordinary cricket, only then can we beat them. Before coming here, we knew it was always going to be tough. But if we create chances, we can beat any team on our day.”

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Bangladesh captain Mortaza said his team ready to attack to the opposition. “We have to think positive, for sure. For that, if we need to pick five – normally we play with five bowlers all the time.”

Mashrafe Mortaza

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“Yes, first match, we were thinking because in the India practise match, we got out for 84, so we had to rethink a lot of things. But we can’t just go on the negative way. We have to think positive, and obviously we have to make our combination accordingly. We have to score, as well as get them all out.”