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PNG eye to emulate Scotland against Bangladesh


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When Papua New Guinea takes on Bangladesh on Thursday in their final Group B match, they will want to follow Scotland by without thinking too much about the net run-rate mathematics.

PNG will need to win by a large margin to have a chance of qualifying for the Super 12s, but their primary goal will be to win the game.

"It is our biggest opportunity. This will be our first test as a team against one of the best T20 teams going around. Although they lost the first game, they are still a good team. We are very proud of our efforts. We lost the first two games but we are hopeful that we still have a chance. Scotland caused an upset in the first game. We are pretty sure we can also do the same thing,” Charles Amini said on the eve of the game.

"I think the first thing would be to try to win the match. It'd be history in the making to win a game in the World Cup. Whatever happens after that is not in our control. If there's an opportunity to make it to the next round, we will try to work towards that."

Playing against Bangladesh would also provide Amini with the opportunity to watch and even connect with supreme all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

"I would love to talk and meet with the Bangladesh players like Shakib. He is one of the best allrounders in the world. I'd like to know how he goes about his game, what kind of plans he has. He is a left-handed batter like me. I'd like to see what he does in his routine, and learn as much as possible off him. It will be such a great experience" Amini added.