ICC Men's ODI World Cup 2019
Bangladesh not giving up on semi-finals
Everything will need to go right for them to qualify for the final four at the World Cup, but Bangladesh still have a glimmer of hope according to their skipper
21 June 2019, 05:35 PM AEST
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza refused to write off his side's chances of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals despite a 48-run loss to reigning champions Australia at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
"I think still you never know," Mashrafe told reporters. "I think, we have still three matches left. We have to play hard and then let's see."
"And it's going to be difficult for sure, even if we win all those three matches," added Mashrafe, whose side next play strugglers Afghanistan in Southampton on June 24.
Only the top four at the end of the 10-team round-robin group phase will advance to the knockout stages and Thursday's defeat left Bangladesh, who have beaten both South Africa and the West Indies, in fifth place.
They are two points behind fourth-placed India, having already played two games more than Virat Kohli's men.
The current top four of Australia, New Zealand, England and India are starting to look uncatchable even though there are several rounds of group matches left.
"I think at this stage we thought a few matches would have been lost by the top four and the tournament would then have gone in a different way," said Mashrafe.
"But there are still a few matches left, you never know. Let's see."
It might have been a different story for Bangladesh in Nottingham had David Warner not been dropped off Mashrafe's bowling on 10.
The opener capitalised to score 166 in a total of 5-381 that effectively put the match beyond the reach of Bangladesh, who nevertheless responded with a gutsy 8-333 featuring Mushfiqur Rahim's unbeaten century.
"We knew we have to pick up wickets," added Mashrafe, the sole survivor from the Tigers' celebrated 2005 one-day international win over Australia in Cardiff.
"If not then it's going to be very difficult, which is exactly what happened. David Warner is batting so well."
2019 World Cup
Australia's squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey (wk), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa
June 12: Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs
June 15: Australia beat Sri Lanka by 87 runs
June 20: Australia beat Bangladesh by 48 runs
June 25: England v Australia, Lord's
July 9: Semi-Final 1, Old Trafford
July 11: Semi-Final 2, Edgbaston
July 14: Final, Lord's
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