Rival captains term `Clash of Minnows` as must-win game

Updated: Feb 27, 2011, 18:05 PM IST

Nagpur: Rival captains Elton Chigumbura of Zimbabwe and Ashish Bagai of Canada spoke in the same vein about their World Cup encounter on Monday, considering it as their "best chance to win a match in this tournament."

"It`s a game which we must win. We have to bat well and put them under pressure in order to win the game," Chigumbura said on the eve of the match.

In the last match, the Zimbabwean spinners bowled 39 overs and the skipper feels that they will stick with their tried and tested gameplan.

"Against Australia, our spinners bowled well and restricted them to 262. Spin is our strength and we will like to stick to our strength. Against Aussies we bowled and
fielded well but we couldn`t finish the game. We are working on those areas and hopefully we will put up a better performance against Canada," Chigumbura added.

Having two former captains in Tatenda Taibu and Prosper Utseya in the squad also helps in devising strategies, feels Chigumbura.

"Both (Taibu and Utseya) have played a lot of international cricket. And when you have experienced guys in your set-up, it`s obviously a great help," the skipper said.

The skipper also welcomed the move of having former Zimbabwean greats Heath Streak (bowling coach) and Grant Flower (coach) in the line-up.

Canada captain Bagai said, "It`s a must-win game for us. The top three in the batting order need to take a lot of responsibility."

Canada`s best known batsman John Davison who was there at the media conference alongside Bagai said that he has learnt to deal with expectations of big score from him everytime he goes out there to bat.

"I know people always talk about those two innings (111 vs West Indies and 75 vs New Zealand in 2003 World Cup) but personally, I have to bat after assessing the situation. That is easier said than done," said the 40-year-old who is the oldest player in the tournament.

After ICC`s announcement to reduce the number of teams to 10 from the next edition, Bagai said that it will be time to take a stock of things after the tournament and a call on his future in international cricket.

"I have a central contract. Once the World Cup gets over, for me and the other guys, it will be a process of evaluating the situation and see what Cricket Canada has in store for us. We will take a call accordingly," he said.