Super 8 berth beckons Bangladesh
Port of Spian, March 24. (AP) Bangladesh is on the verge of its biggest cricket achievement.
All that Bangladesh's young lineup needs to do is hold its nerve and beat Bermuda's amateur cricketers in the last Group B match tomorrow to reach the second round of the World Cup.
Only a dramatic reversal for Bangladesh can stop its advance to the Super 8s, its best performance since making the World Cup debut in 1999.
"Defeating Bermuda is all that we're thinking of right now, but we do realize that this will take us into the next round," Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar said.
Sri Lanka beat India on Friday to put Bangladesh into the drivers' seat.
Watching Sri Lanka post a 69-run victory over India was Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore, who coached the Sri Lankan national side before taking up his current assignment.
Bangladesh's five-wicket victory over India last weekend raised its hopes of making the Super 8s round. And India's loss left the 1983 champion at 1-2 and relying on a Bangladesh loss to avoid elimination.
Bermuda, the smallest country ever to qualify for the World Cup, has had massive defeats in both its matches. Sri Lanka outplayed it by 243 runs and India then defeated it by the limited-overs record margin of 257 runs.
Bermuda's squad features just one professional player, batsman David Hemp who captains Glamorgan in the English county competition.
In its first World Cup appearance in 1999, Bangladesh defeated Pakistan and Scotland - results that contributed to its elevation to test match status.
Bashar's team is now poised to create history by making the Super 8s.
Bangladesh (from): Habibul Bashar (captain), Shahriar Nafees, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain, Tapash Baisya, Syed Rasel, Rajin Saleh and Javed Omar.
Bermuda (from): Irvine Romaine (captain), Dean Minors, Delyone Borden, Lionel Cann, David Hemp, Kevin Hurdle, Malachi Jones, Stefan Kelly, Dwayne Leverock, Saleem Mukuddem, Stephen Outerbridge, Oliver Pitcher, Clay Smith, Janeiro Tucker and Kwame Tucker.
Umpires: Steve Davis, Australia, and and Ian Howell, South Africa.
TV umpire: Aleem Dar, Pakistan. Match referee: Allan Hurst, Australia.