Saturday, 1 April, 2023

Tigresses look to play pressureless cricket

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 20th February, 2023 09:23:49 PM
  • Print news
Tigresses look to play pressureless cricket

Bangladesh will be looking to play a pressureless game of cricket when they take on hosts South Africa in their last Group A match of the ongoing ICC Women’s T20 World Cup at Newlands in Cape Town today.

The match is scheduled to start at 11:00pm (BST).

The Tigresses have already lost their chance of making it to the semifinal stage of the ongoing tournament after they suffered three consecutive defeats against Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand respectively.

Bangladesh, who came into the tournament with a record 12 consecutive defeats in the global tournament, now have lost 15 matches in a row and the match against South Africa will be their last chance to break the losing streak, which started in 2016.

Meanwhile, hosts South Africa are in a must-win situation as the victory against Bangladesh will see them progressing to the last four of the tournament for the third time in their cricket history.

South Africa are currently in fourth place with two points from three games and a win against Bangladesh will help them leapfrog New Zealand and Sri Lanka and join Australia in the last four line-ups from this group.

Bangladesh skipper Nigar Sultana Joty feels that the hosts will be under pressure for getting a result from this game and they want to utilize it by playing pressureless cricket.

“I think South Africa are under pressure but we are not under any pressure. So if we can play pressureless cricket, I think we can play the match well,” Joty told reporters in a press conference in Cape Town.

“First of all, we are the kind of team that can give any other team a hard time, you can see already. But the thing is, yes, they are a bit under pressure, but we don’t.

“And obviously playing to our strengths and looking forward to playing against South Africa and getting a good momentum in the future that we want,” she added.

Both the teams have played 10 WT20Is so far and Bangladesh could win only one match while South Africa won the remaining nine matches.