Australia vs Bangladesh, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Mashrafe Mortaza still aiming for semi-finals despite loss to defending champions

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.

Press Trust of India, Jun 21, 2019 11:29:55 IST

Nottingham: 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.

Australia vs Bangladesh, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Mashrafe Mortaza still aiming for semi-finals despite loss to defending champions

File image of Mashrafe Mortaza. AFP

"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 24 June.

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 381-5 that effectively put the match beyond the reach of Bangladesh, who nevertheless responded with a gutsy 333-8 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.

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Updated Date: Jun 21, 2019 11:29:55 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254