Zimbabwe look to add more misery on Tigers

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:39, Sep 18,2019


Zimbabwe all-rounder Sean Williams on Tuesday aimed to push an already under pressure Bangladesh team to secure a win against the hosts in a must-win match of the tri-nation Twenty20 series today at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.

‘It is definitely,’ Williams told reporters when asked about if it were the best time to push Bangladesh for a win.

‘Like I said, if we focus on what we need to do, everything will take care of itself. They are under pressure, we know that. But you know, again it goes back to us doing the basics,’ he added.

Zimbabwe are currently sitting dead last in the points-table after losing both their matches in the Dhaka leg against Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Zimbabwe came close to winning against the hosts in a rain-curtailed match on September 13, when they had reduced Bangladesh to 60-6, needing another 89 off 57 deliveries.

Afif Hossain then played a remarkable 52 off 26 balls and formed an 82-run stand for the seventh wicket with Mosaddek Hossain, who made an unbeaten 30 off 24 balls, to guide the Tigers to a win in the tournament opener.

Williams felt that they made some mistakes in crucial stages in both the games which cost them the matches and hoped to rectify their slip-ups in the remaining two matches and qualify for the final.

‘We pushed both these teams to the last overs. So, like I said if we can make better decisions on the field more frequently then I think we have a very good chance of pushing through,’ he said.

Bangladesh team has been in disarray since their underwhelming World Cup campaign in UK, being clean swept by Sri Lanka 3-0 in Sri Lanka and then losing the one-off Test against Afghanistan at home.

The home side hoped to turn the tide with a close win against Zimbabwe but then again lost to Afghanistan by 25-run on Sunday to lose their momentum from the previous match.

Although, Bangladesh’s mainstays have failed to step-up in recent times, Williams termed them as excellent players and labelled Bangladesh as a well balanced team.

‘I think Bangladesh is a very strong team all round…They have got some very, very good players, some very experienced campaigners. There are Sakib [al Hasan], Mahmudullah, Mushi [Mushfiqur Rahim]. They are all very good players and we respect that fact,’ he said.

Zimbabwe cricket is going through a very tumultuous time, with ICC banning their cricket board and the future of the country’s cricket looking uncertain.

The Zimbabwe team, however, has gotten closer in this turbulent times claimed Williams and felt that the on-going series was very important for their country’s cricket.

‘It is extremely important. Obviously, we have learnt a lot from what we have been through. And I think you can see the team starting to bond more and more and come together more as a unit,’ Williams said.

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