World Cup 2019: Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes reacts to interesting toss scenario ahead of Pakistan clash
If Bangladesh opt to bat first, Pakistan will stand eliminated.
Updated - Jan 24, 2020 6:22 pm
Bangladesh are already knocked out of the ongoing World Cup and they will face Pakistan in their last league game on Friday. The Men in Green are still in the hunt for the semi-finals mathematically as they will have to beat the opposition by more than 300 runs which looks impossible at the moment. Moreover, if Bangladesh win the toss and opt to bat first, Pakistan will stand eliminated even before the ball is bowled.
When the Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes was asked about the curious toss case, he cleared that they will do what is best in the team’s interest. India knocked Bangladesh out of the tournament a couple of days ago and Pakistan wanted New Zealand to beat England to have any chance of making it to the top four. But the World Cup hosts thumped the Kiwis by 119 runs to dump Pakistan’s hopes.
Moreover, New Zealand’s net run-rate is too superior to Pakistan’s liking as they are left with an unimaginable qualification scenario.
A dead rubber on the cards?
Ahead of the match, Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes attended the pre-match press conference as he expectedly faced an interesting toss question. “The decision to bat or field first (if Bangladesh win the toss) will be based on what gives Bangladesh the best chance of winning,” he was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
Though it is more or less a dead rubber, the encounter will decide which is the fifth best team of the tournament. Bangladesh have certainly played some scintillating cricket so far and they deserve to bow out on a high. They are no more pushovers and have the ability to beat Sarfaraz Ahmed‘s men. Rather Pakistan haven’t beaten Bangladesh in last four matches.
It will be an interesting game as it also remains to be seen if Pakistan will try and post more than 400 runs batting first at the Home of Cricket.