Kolkata: Bangladesh face the challenge of rising from the ruins and regrets of Wednesday’s heartbreaking loss to India in Bangalore as they target a tangible takeaway from their World T20.
Having come to the tournament in the afterglow of an inspiring show at the Asia Cup, Mashrafe Mortaza’s men had created winning opportunities against both Australia and India, to whom they fell short by only a run in a final over meltdown.
Bangladesh bowler Al-Amin Hossain (C) celebrates with teammates. Pic/ AFP
With the chance of further progress snuffed out, and still looking for their first point, Bangladesh will have their task cut out at the Eden Gardens today when they take on Group 2 table-toppers New Zealand, who have three wins from three.
"I still have no explanation for the loss to India, but we must put it behind us and focus on tomorrow’s match," said skipper Mortaza as Bangladesh decided to skip practice on Friday.
"We must take only the lessons. If the opportunity presents itself again, we should be ready to grab it."
The Kiwis meanwhile, may have confirmed their berth in the semis, but are keen to maintain the momentum. "Bangladesh showed how dangerous they can be in the match against India," recalled NZ spinner Ish Sodhi.