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Bangladesh v Ireland, Group B, World Cup 2011, Mirpur

'It is a must-win situation' - Shakib

Sidharth Monga in Mirpur

February 24, 2011

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On the eve of the big Group B clash - even though it is between two low-ranked teams, neither captain wants to underestimate the other side. Both Shakib Al Hasan and William Porterfield know that if their team loses this game, they can pretty much bid farewell to the quarter-finals, barring rare permutations of course.

Shakib said the game became more important for his side because they are expected to beat Ireland in home conditions. "This World Cup is a good chance for us to qualify for the second round, and if we have to qualify for the second round, we have to win this game," he said. "This is a very important game for us. It is a must-win situation, because if we don't it will be very difficult for us to qualify for the second round."

There has been talk that this is a grudge match for Bangladesh, having lost to Ireland in both the world events the sides have met in. Ireland won comprehensively in the 2007 World Cup and the 2009 World Twenty20. Shakib, though, chose not to focus on revenge but on how his side can make it to the next round.

Shakib knows, though, that spin will be the way to win. "When they played at Mirpur in 2008, we beat them three games in a row," Shakib said. "So we have the home advantage. I don't think they like to play in these conditions. Hopefully we will come off good in tomorrow's game.

"They have been playing good cricket, so we are not taking them lightly. They have been playing together for a long time, so that's a good sign for them. Some guys have been playing county cricket, so they will have the experience to deliver in this sort of pressure. So it won't be easy for us."

The big challenge for Ireland is that they don't have the surprise factor like they did in 2007. Teams will have analysed their strengths and weaknesses by now, which will make it that much more difficult for them to win regularly. "Now we have gained more exposure, we are playing more cricket," Porterfield said. "We have kind of put ourselves on the map in world cricket. We have come on since 2007. There is not much about our side that other sides won't know about. That itself brings extra pressure if you like. Definitely puts you in a different scenario, a different test. That's what you want. To test yourself against the best in the world."

Perhaps for the first time, Ireland will also be playing in front of a full house, 25,000 people shouting at the top of their voices. "I think there's a lot of people who will put them [Bangladesh] as favourites, and us as underdogs. That's to be expected in a lot of cases with sides playing away from home. We are going to play in front of a full house tomorrow. That brings extra pressure in itself."

Porterfield said the team has become more equipped to play spin since their 3-0 loss to Bangladesh in 2008. "I think not many lads had much exposure to the subcontinent at that time," he said. "We came out here, the conditions were pretty tough. We played those games in April, which was very hot, and the humidity was very tough. That's something we weren't quite expecting, and that took us slightly by surprise, in terms of how hard it was. Three years have passed. The experience we have gained since then is helpful. I think that we are lot better prepared this time."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Comments: 60 
Posted by DarkHeartAhbab on (February 25, 2011, 19:45 GMT)

Thanks Vikram ... u said it ... yes this is our passion for our emerging team ... every team has there ups and downs ... and we r just taking those crucial early steps to ultimate glory of being a true and strong cricketing nation ... u all can see how much passionate it is here in BD ... can only be compared to Indian cricket fans' passion ... and no one else can come even close to us in loving cricket more ... and yes hopes and expectations are high and sumtimes does get too much to show the courage to insult other cricketing nations but u know that's how a team builds up ... each teen participating in this world cup will have their eyes on that cup and many of them might become the future star of cricket ... So plz forgive our attitude and support us so that we can emerge a true fighting nation capable of playing good cricket anywhere around the world ... Three cheers for Bangladesh ... hip hip hurray ...

Posted by VISHNU1990 on (February 25, 2011, 13:16 GMT)

@rohanblue....wat u say is very correct-"over hyped team"..let them play their brand of cricket which is just nw coming out of them-score 250,then attack with spin options.... but it wl take some time to get settled with that attack strategy..so dont hype urself by just one or two wins..u r still a test playing nation but still u havent made big upsets to the other giants except WI second string side..so keep ur voices low.YOU R A GOOD TEAM.SO PLAY UR GAME THAN SPEAKING OF THE PAST

Posted by   on (February 25, 2011, 12:17 GMT)

To All Indian Fans - If you are a long enough fan of Indian team like me, you would have known all the ups and downs this team went through. We had our fair share of heart breaks and frustrations. BD is just going through on of that stages...it is good to be passionate about the game. But every fan has equal right to cheer for his/ her team as loud as he/she can. That is what passion is all about...say anything but don't be disrespectful....don't hurt their feelings. We have already beaten BD...no need to trash speak now on their matches with other countries. Let them cheer...just like we did for any Indian team weak or strong. Their support will one day bring out new champions. For among millions of BD fans who see their team go down are future stars who are vowing right now to take this team to top. Same must have happened with Dhonis and Sehwags who watched in frustration Azhar and lads play...and you can see the change...cheers!

Posted by smartmathews007 on (February 25, 2011, 11:44 GMT)

GROUP B looks formidable with netherland,ireland,bangladesh going neck to neck ..its going to be tough for 4th position in dis group with westindies will have to play all gun blazing against these three teams to beat.. ..But Group A IS ONE WAY TRAFFIC QUATER FINAL SLOT ALREADY BOOKED for sure.. As canada,kenya,zimbabwe struggling to survive 50 overs...

Posted by rohanblue on (February 25, 2011, 11:33 GMT)

i want ireland to beat this over hyped team, throw them out of World cup.......

Posted by smartmathews007 on (February 25, 2011, 11:27 GMT)

its fun to watch bangladesh sinking and they are being humiliated infront of homeground . go irish go..knock them all over...r they really a test team OMG..?

Posted by streetblader on (February 25, 2011, 11:13 GMT)

@ADNAN MAVIA: good.. nice to see u have chosen a team which is of a similar strength to your own team... its wise to chose friends of a similar level... :-)

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (February 25, 2011, 11:00 GMT)

@Tharanga Guruge wow wow wow, well remember 1999, 2003 wc we defeated you lankans in worldcup and well u r the only team which hasnt won any tests in SA, AUs or India , and yes in asia cup this year ur team lost to us...so think abou winning tests in SA, AUS and India for bangladesh all teh best guys ur team is better than lankans

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (February 25, 2011, 10:50 GMT)

@Tharanga Guruge, Why not 99 or 2003 ? :P 100 + runs defeat.

Posted by BudhaWillSmile on (February 25, 2011, 9:51 GMT)

Tanim tried hard to emulate Sehwag ... against ordinary bowling of Ireland ... But still cant do that. Can Bongs beat Ireland ... lets see

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