Bangladesh star Shakib Al Hasan has admitted his team was lucky to walk away with a point against Australia after rain washed out the game on Monday (June 5).
Bangladesh was staring down the barrel after being dismissed for only 182 inside 45 overs. In reply, Australia was cruising at 83 for one in 16 overs before the rain stopped play.
The abandoned game might have dealt a huge blow to Australia’s hopes of making it to the semifinal but it kept alive Bangladesh’s slim hopes of making it to the last four. The world’s sixth-ranked ODI side had already lost their opening game against England and a defeat against the world champions would have all but sealed their fate in the tournament.
But fortunately for them, the rain came just at the right time and kept their hopes alive. Had the rain arrived after four overs, Australia would have comfortably won the match. For the Duckworth-Lewis method to be applied, Australia had to bat 20 overs and the par score for them would have been 48 if they lost a wicket. And they were far ahead of that, having already scored 83 for one.
“We are lucky, but this is something that no one can control,” Shakib said. “We need luck going forward to the next game. We have a very good chance (to qualify for the semifinals), but we need to win that game and need the other results going our way. The best thing we can do is go to Cardiff and win that game.”
Bangladesh will now have to win their remaining group game against New Zealand and hope that the other results go in their favour in order to make it to the last four. But Shakib is under no illusion about the enormity of the task against New Zealand.
“That (win) will on the back of our mind, but we know that they are a much stronger side now,” he said. “They were missing a few important players. And this is an ICC tournament. They will try their best to win against us, they will play their best cricket.
“I’m hopeful they will be up for the challenge, but we have nothing to lose. This is the one game we can give our best shot,” he added.
Speaking about his team’s decision to drop batting all-rounder Mosaddek Hussain for off-spinner Mehedi Hasan, Shakib explained:
“In the first game, we were not sure of what combination to go with. But personally, I think, this is a better combination with five frontline bowlers and seven very good batsmen. This is a very good combination to win games.
“In the first game, our selection was very defensive. In the practice game against India, we didn’t have a good outing, which then reflected in our selection for the opening game,” he added.
The all-rounder further lavished praise on Tamim Iqbal who missed his second century of the tournament by just five runs.
“Both the innings he played was terrific. He brought in a lot of character and gave confidence to the (players) in the dressing room on how you should apply and play in these sort of wickets,” Shakib concluded.