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Bangladesh v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, Mirpur

'Not a must-win game' - Shakib

Sidharth Monga in Mirpur

March 3, 2011

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Months before the World Cup started, when the groups were drawn up, instinctively one match was looked upon as the potential knockout before the knockouts. That match is upon us. Bangladesh, ranked higher than West Indies in the ICC one-day rankings, and not undeservingly so looking at the results over the last year or two, meet West Indies at home. However, Ireland and England have jumbled up the equations a bit, and this match is not as simple as a winners-go-to-quarters affair.

That doesn't make the game any less importance though. The team that loses this one will have to travel a long road back into contention. The captains of the sides sought to not talk the game up.

"To me nothing has changed," Darren Sammy said of the upset that Ireland pulled off on Wednesday night to become one of the outside contenders themselves. "Every team in this tournament came out to give a good account of themselves. For me every match is a very important match. We have played two games, we focused on each team on the day we played. Now we focus on Bangladesh, and are looking to go out there and execute whatever plans we have in stock."

Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, said this was not their last chance. "Obviously we want to go to the next round," Shakib said. "It is not as if we have to win tomorrow because we will have three more matches, but a win will surely take us a step forward."

Ireland's win over England has thrown the group wide open, but Bangladesh do not want to think too far ahead at the moment. "I don't know how the Ireland game will benefit us," Shakib said. "It will do so only if we beat England too."

Shakib Al Hasan addresses the media on the eve of Bangladesh's match against Ireland, Dhaka, February 24, 2011
Shakib Al Hasan said Bangladesh's win in the West Indies in 2009 would give them confidence © Associated Press

Coming back to Friday's game, both the captains said they could win, the rider being if their sides played as well as they are capable of. "If we play well West Indies are definitely beatable," Shakib said. Bangladesh swept a two-match Test series and a three-match one-day series in the West Indies in July 2009, but Shakib said he realised that was not a full-strength squad (several West Indies players had skipped the series due to a feud with the board over contracts). "That team did not have some senior players," he said. "They have all gained in experience, and with the return of Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, they are a better side now.

"But in the back of our minds we will always know that we have beaten them at their home. We will not go onto the back foot even before the start. It is our home and we have so much support. If we consider that, I think the advantage they think they have because of the return of their seniors will be neutralised."

Sammy was expectedly asked about his side being ranked lower than Bangladesh. "Cricket is played on the day," he said. "You saw what happened on Wednesday night. England scored 327, Ireland chased it down. You can say Bangladesh are ranked higher than us, but we have to go out and play to the best of our ability. We won't be taking them lightly, but at the end of the day, they are beatable; we have done it before."

Playing to the best of their ability seemed to both captains' refrain of the day, and if their sides heed their call, it will be some game.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 4, 2011, 13:19 GMT)

Ohhe Sakib, don't be afraid too much. take a good preparation for next match. say and act like a tiger again. I love your team. wish to see some good innings from your team in this WC. Best of luck.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 4, 2011, 10:59 GMT)

Minnows like Bangladesh can beat on a day. But it doesn't happen everyday!! Bangladesh is a clear example of the saying "Empty pots make noise rather than a filled pot". Shakib is immature and childish in his statements. Every game is important, every opponent is dangerous. Just because they rank one step higher than WI he thought it could be a cat walk!!!! Bangladesh must first need to win cricket matches consistently against top ranked teams at least at home. A 4-0 win against NZ is not going to help any team to reach QF. WI is one of the few teams which aim to win this WC. Bangladesh is one of the few teams which dream to reach QF at the most. This itself tells us which is the better team!!! Bangladesh is still a minnow has proved it again today!!

Posted by Kaushalya on (March 4, 2011, 10:56 GMT)

Shakib and co. should learn how to speak professionally. Even Sangakkara, Smith, Ponting or Dhoni will not say this is not a must win game. Every match in a world cup game is a must win game. How could you possibly say like that when you are representing a country and specially in a World Cup Match.


Posted by Dummy4 on (March 4, 2011, 10:55 GMT)

Awesome match! Brilliant Bangladesh really put lowly West Indies in their place! I am sure they broke way more records than that crappy Ireland managed to struggle and make against England! Watch out all you other silly little teams Bangladesh has started to show its true colours you are going to be put in your place soon

Posted by somesh on (March 4, 2011, 10:53 GMT)

hahahahahahahahhahahahahahaha....dear bangladesh..in about a 100 years you surely will be able to win a worldcup!!

Posted by Fahad on (March 4, 2011, 10:17 GMT)

I pity the Mr82 after knowing bang folded on 58!!! wil Mr82 its the other way round now ! Bangladesh cannot rely on any pride cuz they neva had it !

I strongly blv bangladesh don't deserve a test status ! ICC should focus on making TEST matches interesting as well by eliminating teams like BANGLADESH ! its been what 8 years for them and everyone can see thier performance! they havent imroved for like 8 years ! rest great performance by West Indies Now Eng Vs WI will be eagirly awaited encounter ! Thanks

Posted by v_sehwag on (March 4, 2011, 10:13 GMT)

Okay what happened to the bengal tigers today? Lowest total .. Yikes..

Posted by Ravi Shankar on (March 4, 2011, 10:10 GMT)

BD blown out for 58. No need to take the match serious Shakib. Go and play domestic cricket. Windies rock!!

Posted by CSKFAN on (March 4, 2011, 10:07 GMT)

oh..what a shame...Bangla tigers fall in to pieces..a worst batting collapse in WC.. It shows that shakib is too much talkative than perforamce..Even ponting or dhoni wont say that 'its not a must win game'...and shakib & co proves their statement

Posted by Sudarsan on (March 4, 2011, 10:03 GMT)

Bangla succumbed to WI..what left for them except elimination without reaching quarters..good luck in the next worldcup..

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