After euphoria, reality dawns on Tigers
Bangladesh will have to win at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Monday and hope that England lose to the West Indies on Thursday. Nilankur Das reports.india Updated: Mar 14, 2011 02:19 IST
The euphoria of winning against England having evened out, Bangladesh have woken up to the reality that winning against the Netherlands might not be enough to see them through to the quarterfinals.
Bangladesh will have to win at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Monday and hope that England lose to the West Indies on Thursday.
There was something in the body language of the Bangladesh team during nets and even at the pre-match briefing coach, Jamie Siddons, seemed a touch too confident and it appeared Bangladesh were looking too far ahead.
The discipline of the batsmen at the nets leading up to the England match was again missing. Balls were flying to all ends with lots of edges and mistimed sweeps, which were seen ahead of the West Indies match, were back. It seemed that the country was still gloating over the conquest of England.
The team management however brushed aside chances of complacency creeping in and wanted to look at it in a positive way, believing that the momentum would carry them past the Dutch. "Each time we play a game, we try to win. So, there is no complacency. The England game is forgotten, we have moved on. We will be playing a new set of players and with a new set of plans," said Siddons.
A Cup just begun
For the Netherlands, the Cup begins now. Having faced the strongest nations in the group upfront, their chances of advancing to the next round were killed early.
But with matches against Bangladesh and Ireland to go, they fancy their chances of going home with two wins under their belt. They put up a good fight against India, running the hosts all the way down to the wire, and almost ran England close. So, a win against Bangladesh, a team they had defeated last year, is not quite out of sync.
Bangladesh are considering a change in the winning combination and they might go in with three left-arm spinners.
This means Shurawadi Shuvo could make his debut at the cost of off-spinner Naeem Islam. Abdur Razzak and skipper Shakib Al-Hasan are the other two and the move is being contemplated taking into consideration the lack of left-handed batsmen in the Dutch side.