NZ vs BAN: Not frightened about England loss, hoping for good cricket in opposition to New Zealand: Bangladesh vice-captain Shanto

Despite a 137-run defeat by the hands of England in its second ICC ODI World Cup 2023 fixture, vice-captain Najmul Hossain Shanto was in good spirits forward of Bangladesh’s sport in opposition to New Zealand in Chennai on Friday.

Shanto underscored the constructive observe with which the workforce had began the match, successful its first sport in opposition to Afghanistan, throughout his interplay with the media forward of the sport.

“I think we started very well in this tournament. Against England, we did not play well, to be very honest. But we are not worried too much about that match,” he stated. “We are looking forward to this match and hoping we can play some good cricket here.”

Bangladesh can be barely extra optimistic concerning the circumstances on the M. A. Chidambaram stadium than these at Dharamsala, with the gradual, turning observe at Chepauk much like those at residence.

“I think we saw in the India-Australia match that there was some spin. If it is like that, it helps our spinners but we are not thinking about the wicket. We need to execute our plans and be clear about what we need to do,” Shanto stated.

Speaking concerning the potential scores to anticipate from the sport, Shanto stated, “If we look at all the matches in India, the wicket looks very good. I think if the wicket is fresh we should look at something like 320.”

Shanto swayed away from questions concerning the alleged tussle between the present and former captains Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, remarking that the pre-tournament friction was very a lot behind the workforce and that the main target remained on the match at hand.

Bangladesh can be hoping to depend on its spin assault to behave as a deterrent to New Zealand’s free-scoring batting setup.

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Shakib, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mahedi Hasan have mixed for 11 wickets throughout the primary two video games and can look to proceed in the identical vein in opposition to the Black Caps.

Shakib introduced himself into the assault comparatively early within the sport in opposition to England with Shanto saying that it was a deliberate ploy to counter the English opening batters.

“I think he bowled really well and we needed early wickets because (Dawid) Malan and (Jonny) Bairstow batted really well. So, Shakib took an early chance,” he stated. “If Miraz had picked up a few more wickets in the middle then it would have been a different ball game.”

Bangladesh may even look to faucet into the expertise of its technical advisor and Chennai native boy, Sridharan Sriram.

“We have already had discussions with him about the kind of wicket that we can expect here. We expect to gain more out of him in the coming encounters,” Shanto added.

The vice-captain additionally remarked that the workforce was cautious of the match’s main wicket-taker, Mitchell Santner. “I think he (Santner) is one of their best bowlers. We have a plan. We need to start well. If our top three or top four batters bat long, it will help our batting order,” he stated.

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