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Zimbabwe eager to win battle for pride

ZIMBABWE and Bangladesh meet today in a clash to avoid claiming the wooden spoon in the ICC Champions Trophy.

Pride will be at stake for both teams after they were easily brushed aside by West Indies and Sri Lanka in their earlie

r matches, where they failed to pose a serious threat to their opponents.

Neither can now qualify for the main draw.

Ahead of the clash at Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar confirmed his desire to win a match which will have no bearing on the rest of the tournament.

Bashar said: “We need to win this game and get our pride back.”

Bangladesh failed to meet their high expectations and in the process suffered heavy defeats to Sri Lanka, by 37 runs, and West Indies, against whom they lost by 10 wickets on Wednesday.

“We came into this tournament to do a lot better and we want to win at least one game,” added Bashar, who has yet to score a run in the competition thus far.

Zimbabwe will also be eager to end on a high note.

They were no contest for West Indies or Sri Lanka, being outclassed by nine wickets and 144 runs respectively.

But the African team feel they have the psychological edge going into tomorrow’s encounter, after beating Bangladesh at home in a five-match limited-overs series earlier this year.

Zimbabwe coach Kevin Curran said: “We need to be on top when we play Bangladesh tomorrow.

“We beat them 3-2 recently, we have that advantage.”

Both Sri Lanka and West Indies have already qualified for the main draw, which begins on Sunday. —

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