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Focus is on Proteas

Shahriar Nafees said bygone that the Bangladesh aggregation accept their eyes durably on the South Africa game, but it goes afterwards adage that today’s England-West Indies accoutrement would still absorption him and his teammates.

The left-hander batten afterwards best of the Tigers took allotment in an alternative training affair at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, alone six of the 15-member ancillary absence convenience as it was beforehand appointed as a blow day.

“Our capital focus is on the South Africa game. If we can win this game, we can anon go to the quarterfinals,” said Nafees, who was agog to get aback to training afterwards a day’s break.

“The England-West Indies bold is not beneath our ascendancy but we will still chase it. But it is important that we win. If we go into the quarterfinal with a win abaft us, we can use this acceptable habit,” he added.

Interestingly, the aftermost time Nafees faced the South Africans, their aperture advance was comprised of speedsters Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, but on Saturday, the left-hander could be accepted to face a bellyful of spinners as the Proteas acquire a assorted bowling attack.

“We are all assured and we will watch their matches on video so that we can plan ourselves according to that. The way we accept improved, I achievement we can accumulate that activity and abide it.

“It is difficult but the blueprint is simple: we accept to comedy bigger than them in all three departments. Our bowling and fielding has clicked and if we can bat well, annihilation is above us.

“They (South Africa) struggled adjoin Ireland bygone (Tuesday) and I anticipate our bowling and fielding is bigger than Ireland’s, so I don’t see why it can’t appear again,” explained Nafees, who fabricated a able 60-ball 37 in his improvement innings on Monday adjoin the Netherlands.

In his aboriginal innings as a No 4 batsman, Nafees was complex in a 59-run third wicket angle with Imrul Kayes, who top-scored with an best 73. The Barisal captain formed four boundaries and in the action added than angled his antecedent World Cup account of 31 runs that he had fabricated from six innings.

But his adjournment — bowled annular his legs by the casual off-spin of Tom Cooper — was apparently bottomward to re-adjustment to the all-embracing ambit than annihilation else, but Nafees vowed not to accomplish such a aberration in the abutting game.

Bangladesh accept begin some new match-winners in this World Cup, article that has not gone disregarded alike by the Tigers and Nafees said that contributions from anybody is absolutely a huge additional to the team’s cause.

“The aboriginal bout was high-scoring but afterwards that, the wickets haven’t been batsman-friendly. You can see that our opponents additionally can’t account much.

“It is additionally accessible that cipher is acceptable it single-handedly. Anybody is authoritative some array of contributions,” said Nafees, abacus that the aggregation has acquired a lot of aplomb through the turnaround afterward the 58 all out beating adjoin West Indies on March 4.


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