Bangladesh`s win will inspire us: Brendan Taylor
Pallekele: Zimbabwe batsman Brendan Taylor said his team would take inspiration from Bangladesh`s stunning triumph over England when they take on Pakistan in a do-or-die Group A encounter of the cricket cricket World Cup here on Monday.
Bangladesh upstaged England by two wickets while chasing a target of 226 on Friday and Taylor said Zimbabwe would aim for a similar stunner when they face off against Pakistan.
"Absolutely, that`s an inspiration," Taylor said after a practice session here. "We know that it`s a must-win game for us but at the same time it`s a huge challenge for us so we got that belief that we can win," he added.
Zimbabwe have slim chance of qualifying for the quarterfinals as they have just two points from the matches played so far.
"We, as a team, are always positive and have put the performance against Sri Lanka behind us and look forward to a very big challenge on Monday. We know what we are up against and we`ve got to come out believing we can compete and win," said Taylor.
Taylor said he would aim to emulate New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, who struck a whirlwind knock of 131 against Pakistan to guide the Black Caps to victory.
"I admire him very much as a player," said Taylor. "It`s nice to see him get some runs and if I can get anything near what he got I will be very happy," he added
Taylor said winning the match against Pakistan would be the perfect birthday present for skipper Elton Chigumbura, who turns 25 on Monday.
"It would be great if we can give a good performance. That will be a great birthday present for Elton and a good sign for all of us in the team," said Taylor.