Australia vs Bangladesh, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Mashrafe Mortaza nonetheless aiming for semi-finals regardless of loss to defending champions

Nottingham: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza refused to write down off his aspect’s probabilities of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals regardless of a 48-run loss to reigning champions Australia at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

File picture of Mashrafe Mortaza. AFP

“I think still you never know,” Mashrafe instructed reporters.

“I think, we have still three matches left. We have to play hard and then let’s see.”

“And it’s going to be difficult for sure, even if we win all those three matches,” added Mashrafe, whose aspect subsequent play strugglers Afghanistan in Southampton on 24 June.

Only the highest 4 on the finish of the 10-team round-robin group section will advance to the knockout levels and Thursday’s defeat left Bangladesh, who’ve overwhelmed each South Africa and the West Indies, in fifth place.

They are two factors behind fourth-placed India, having already performed two video games greater than Virat Kohli’s males.

The present high 4 of Australia, New Zealand, England and India are beginning to look uncatchable though there are a number of rounds of group matches left.

“I think at this stage we thought a few matches would have been lost by the top four and the tournament would then have gone in a different way,” mentioned Mashrafe.

“But there are still a few matches left, you never know. Let’s see.”

It may need been a unique story for Bangladesh in Nottingham had David Warner not been dropped off Mashrafe’s bowling on 10.

The opener capitalised to attain 166 in a complete of 381-5 that successfully put the match past the attain of Bangladesh, who nonetheless responded with a gutsy 333-Eight that includes Mushfiqur Rahim’s unbeaten century.

“We knew we have to pick up wickets,” added Mashrafe, the only real survivor from the Tigers’ celebrated 2005 one-day worldwide win over Australia in Cardiff.

“If not then it’ll be very troublesome, which is precisely what occurred. David Warner is batting so effectively.

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Published Date: June 21, 2019

| Updated Date: June 21, 2019


Updated Date: Jun 21, 2019 11:29:55 IST