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Can Cardiff be Tigers happy hunting ground again?

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BSS, Dhaka :
Cardiff has a special place in Bangladesh's cricket folklore. The venue was involved in country's two big moments which earned them the world respect and made them what they are now-a true cricketing giants.
Bangladesh's cricket renaissance basically started from this venue when they stunned the then all conquering Australia by five wickets in 2005, which is still regarded as the biggest upset the cricket world has ever seen. A ground, located at Wales, Cardiff is also the venue from which they announced their status of true cricketing giants as they beat New Zealand by five wickets to make the ICC Champions Trophy semifinal in 2017.
Few believed Bangladesh would chase down the target of 266, after being reduced to 33-4. Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad put up an astonishing 224-run partnership for the fifth wicket to win the game quite dominatingly, a victory that established them as the giants of cricket from a cricketing team a force to reckon with.
Bangladesh played just those two matches in venue and won those to keep a hundred percent winning record here.
If those two matches defined Bangladesh of what they are now, their third match of the World Cup in which they are set to lock horns with hosts and tournament favourite England in this venue presents them the chance to keep them alive in the race of semifinal.
But England would pose different and bigger challenge considering they are playing at the home and also the favourties of the tournament despite losing their last game to Pakistan by 14 runs. That they were chasing a target of 349 runs against Pakistan and fell short of 14 runs spoke a volume of how strong they are. They are the team compiling and chasing 300 plus total at quite regular basis since the 2015 World Cup, an event that was nightmare for them, basically for Bangladesh.

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