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The Financial Express

Bangladesh choose to bat first against PNG

| Updated: October 21, 2021 15:46:27


Photo: ESPNcricinfo Photo: ESPNcricinfo

Bangladesh opt to bat first in their final game of the qualifying round against Papua New Guinea.

For Bangladesh, the equation is simple-- win with a fair margin and proceed to the next round.

For PNG, however, practically they don't have a chance to proceed. Mathematically they can, provided that they beat Bangladesh by a huge margin and Scotland beat Oman in a similar fashion. 

Nobody expected PNG to do something magical in their very first appearance in a world tournament. But they will definitely try their best to consolidate their memory of this campaign with a win.

As their captain Assad Vala said, they have nothing to lose, PNG will play a fearless game to end things on a high note.

Bangladesh find themselves under immense pressure as even winning might not prove enough given the situation of the other match. They will be desperate for a win by a good margin to make it safe for them.

Both teams have placed an unchanged XI.

Teams

Bangladesh (Playing XI): Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Mahedi Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Nurul Hasan(w), Afif Hossain, Mahmudullah(c), Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman

Papua New Guinea (Playing XI): Lega Siaka, Assad Vala(c), Charles Amini, Sese Bau, Simon Atai, Hiri Hiri, Norman Vanua, Kiplin Doriga(w), Chad Soper, Kabua Morea, Damien Ravu

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