Jr Tigers taking it phase by phase

English news desk :

22ckriket teamBangladesh are trying to lift the pressure of ICC Under-19 World Cup by spreading the tournament into two-part bilateral series, said spinner Shawon Gazi on Monday. Bangladesh will take on Namibia in their third and final group match today at Cox’s Bazar that will decide the group champions as both the teams moved to the second round winning two matches each. With half their job done junior Tigers don’t want to get into their last match with any kind of pressure of becoming the group champions rather want to take it as just another match of a bilateral series. ‘We are seeing it as a series rather than a World Cup,’ left-arm spinner Shawon Gazi told reporters at Cox’s Bazar on Monday. ‘Our skipper Miraz [Mehedi Hasan] and vice-captain Shanto[ Nazmul Hossain] told us before the tournament as well as even now that we will try to play it as a bilateral series,’ ‘We are not having any tension like playing the World Cup or becoming the champion. ‘If we want to win the World Cup we need to win six matches. We divided the tournament into two phases. First we will have three group matches and later we will move to play the super league of three games,’ he said. Bangladesh won their opening game against defending champions South Africa by 43 runs before defeated Scotland by 114 runs to qualify for the quarter-finals. Bangladesh scored 240 and 256 runs respectively against Proteas and Scotland and according to the left-arm spinner anything around 240 runs is a defendable total for them considering their bowling attack. ‘With our bowling attack we feel 240 runs are huge for us,’ said Shawon. ‘No matter how good or batting friendly the wicket is our opponents will find it hard to cross 240 runs against us,’ he said. ‘If we can play to our ability there is no chance for others.  We are staying as a group for a long time and have a good understanding between us. ‘We are doing well and the confidence comes from within,’ he said. Although junior Tigers are not taking any pressure to win the group but winning it will give them a big advantage as that would mean they will have to face Nepal in the quarter final instead of India. The pre-tournament favourites India are justifying the odds as they have won all three of their matches so far without any serious hiccup. While hosts are trying not to take any pressure, Namibia are eyeing to keep on with their momentum after their stunning performance against Scotland and South Africa. They beat Scotland in the first match and stunned the defending champions South Africa to reach their first ever quarter-final with full of confidence. ‘We will play with a positive mind-set and we know anything can happen in cricket,’ said skipper Zane Green. ‘It’s a dream journey for us as we moved to the quarter-final for the first time,’ Namibia coach Norbert Maniande said that he is well aware what to expect from the hosts and prepared accordingly. ‘We want to be at the top in the group stage,’ said Maniande. ‘We know what to expect and we are taking preparation accordingly,’ he said.

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