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'Proud of the way we've played against the big teams' – Rhodes
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

'Proud of the way we've played against the big teams' – Rhodes

Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes said he was ‘proud’ of the way his team had fought against quality sides at the World Cup even though they were ruled out of contention for a spot in the semi-finals following their loss against India.

Bangladesh edged sides like South Africa and West Indies and put in a tough fight against the reigning champions Australia.

"You know, it could well have been 370, 380, even 400 at one stage," said Rhodes after the loss against India. "So we were delighted that we showed a lot of spirit and a lot of fight to come back.

"It was pleasing to see some fight. I think it's a reflection of the team. We've only picked up the three victories.

"I'm very proud of the way we've played against a lot of the big teams, and I think that maybe we'll be the people's team for the amount of fight that we've shown."

Bangladesh face Pakistan in their final league game on Friday and Rhodes said Bangladesh would prove to be a tough opponent for Pakistan.

Pakistan will make it to the semis if hosts England lose to New Zealand and Pakistan edge Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday.

"I'm really looking forward to that game. I think we beat them in the Asia Cup, and they'll want to change that (Bangladesh won by 37 runs in 2018)," said Rhodes.

"We showed in some of the games we played this year that we're going to be a difficult side for Pakistan to beat.

"We know we'll have to play well again because they've run into a little bit of form in the back end of the tournament. But we're confident."