Bangladesh try to revive world cup hopes against England

Bangladesh try to revive world cup hopes against England

Tags: World Cup 2011, Bangladesh v England 28th Match at Chittagong - Mar 11, 2011, Bangladesh, England

Published on: Mar 10, 2011

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Bangladesh players go into Friday's World Cup group match against England trying to ignore the pressure created by the millions of fans they have so far disappointed.

Bangladesh players go into Friday's World Cup group match against England trying to ignore the pressure created by the millions of fans they have so far disappointed.

Bangladesh's status as co-host created high hopes of success in the impoverished country but angry fans turned on the players after a crushing nine-wicket loss to the West Indies derailed the attempt to reach the quarterfinals.

Batsman Junaid Siddique says the team can do much better and that "in three years of my cricket career, it was the worst match."

"It is very important for us," Siddique said. "We know it was a very bad match. In three years of my cricket career, it was the worst match. We know that."

Bangladesh scored just 58 against the West Indies for the fourth-lowest total in World Cup history. Fans subsequently pelted the winners' team bus with stones and attacked captain Shakib Al Hasan's house.

Bangladesh must now beat England in Chittagong to have any real hope of advancing from Group B.

But if Siddique needs any inspiration, he need only look to the first test against England in Chittagong last year.

The batsman, who has made good starts to innings against India and the West Indies but has just 65 runs from three World Cup knocks, hit a career-best 106 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

"Test matches and one-day are different scenarios," Siddique said. "It depends upon the match. If I am thinking too much, I know I had a couple of matches where I am not getting big scores. I have it in my mind."

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