Buttler expects England to maintain momentum in Bangladesh clash



England cannot afford to make mistakes in their Twenty20 World Cup campaign with a potentially tricky clash against Bangladesh in Super 12 stage, wicket-keeper/batter Jos Buttler said on Tuesday ahead of the first T20 meeting between the two sides in Abu Dhabi.

England, top of Group I, are looking to build on their victory over defending champions West Indies in the opener, while Bangladesh are second-bottom after losing to Sri Lanka.

“Winning momentum is vital. The way the tournament is set out, there’s not much room for mistakes,” But­tler told reporters.

“We can take lots of confidence from the first game, it’s fantastic to get a win on the board. “Bangladesh are a strong team… they’re a dangerous side.

They have some really experienced players in the team and we’re expecting a tough challenge.

“Obviously we try and plan for the opposition but at the same time we’re focusing on ourselves and get our level of intensity to the place it needs to be.

We feel confident as a group when we get that right and… that’s going to give us the best chance for success.”

Bangladesh fast bowling coach Ottis Gibson said the team remain calm and bring their A-game against a ‘very powerful’ England side for Wednesday’s match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.—Agencies

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