Bangladesh had a dream start to the World Cup 2019 tournament. Very few people gave them a chance before they played their first game against South Africa. The Proteas were expected to steamroll the Asian side and register a big victory. However, Bangladesh put up a scintillating performance.
They fought hard right till the end and never gave up at any stage. The way they played was inspirational and it sent out a warning message to the other teams. The Bangla Tigers gear up for another huge challenge as they will be facing New Zealand in their next game. They would not want to make any changes to the winning combination and will look to maintain the consistency.
Bangladesh opener Soumya Sarkar believes that their disappointing tour of New Zealand won't have any bearing as they gear up to face the Blackcaps in their second match of the ongoing World Cup.
Expectations will be bigger from New Zealand
"When we played them [last time] it was at their own back yard but it is different now. It is always difficult to play in other venues. At the end of the day we know them and they know us so whoever will play better is expected to win,'' Sarkar told reporters ahead of their second game at the team hotel on Tuesday.
''There can be some similarity in the weather [for New Zealand] but no one can say that it is their home ground. At the end of the day it's a big tournament and there is always pressure playing in such big tournaments,'' Sarkar added. ''If anyone says that New Zealand is a big team, (it) only implies that the pressure will be bigger on them as the expectations will be bigger from them,'' he said.
Sarkar also acknowledged the fact that New Zealand can be lethal with the new ball, hence they need to play out those initial overs carefully and be watchful against the likes of Matt Henry and Trent Boult in the opening overs of the innings.
New Zealand pacers reduced Bangladesh to 42 for 4 and 40 for 4 inside 10 overs in a couple of matches in their previous ODI series - exposing their weakness against pace and swing.
T1he pitch for Wednesday's game will be a different one as compared to their match against South Africa. Reflecting on it, Sarkar said: ''The wicket against New Zealand won't be the same like the one where we played against Africa as that was a used wicket. It will be a different wicket and their bowlers have both pace and swing so we need to plan our innings accordingly.
"We have to learn how to adapt on fresh wickets and tackle bowlers who are capable of bowling fast as well as swing the ball too. If the wicket is good we will try to play according to the merit of the ball but if there is swing we need to take our time. Last time we scored quite a few runs in the power play but it might not be the case in the next game so we must be prepared for everything,'' Sarkar concluded.