Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza on Thursday showered accolades on the Indians who thrashed his side by 109 runs here, saying that it would be a challenge for any team to beat the defending champions in the ongoing cricket World Cup.
Former Bangladesh captain Aminul Islam said on Tuesday the team winning against England without the likes of opener Tamim Iqbal and veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan firing speak volumes of the other players in the outfit.
Kyle Coetzer's career-best 156 went in vain as Bangladesh scripted a brilliant chase to notch up a comprehensive six-wicket win over Scotland in their pool A ODI match of the Cricket World Cup here on Thursday.
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal says he was delighted with his recovery from knee surgery after hitting 81 in the narrow World Cup warm-up loss to Pakistan. The 25-year-old left-hander showed no ill effects from last month`s operation during a 168-run stand for the third wicket with Mohammad Mahmudullah (83) on Monday.
Pulling off an upset or two and guarding against potential banana skins will be the mantra for Bangladesh, who will bank on the senior trio of Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim to try and punch above their weight at the World Cup.
Riding on his two match-winning knocks against Bangladesh in the second Test, West Indies' veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul leapfrogged Angelo Mathews and David Warner to be positioned third in the latest ICC Test rankings released Wednesday.