World Cup 2007 March 13, 2007

Bashar talks up chances of upset win

Cricinfo staff

Mashrafe Mortaza's heroics clinched a thriller for Bangladesh © Getty Images

Habibul Bashar, the Bangladesh captain, is taking plenty of confidence from his side's two-wicket warm-up win over New Zealand and hopes to beat either India or Sri Lanka at the World Cup. "The boys are confident after that match and we are hoping to provide more upsets along the way," he told reporters in Port-of-Spain.

Bangladesh easily defeated Scotland by seven wickets in their second practice game, with Bashar leading the way with an unbeaten 57. Bashar added that the side looked forward to competing with fellow Group B rivals India and Sri Lanka and felt Bangladesh - who have scored one-day wins over both teams - had a shot at making the Super Eights.

"We have two tough sides in India and Sri Lanka in our group, but we are confident. We are looking to get a win against at least one of them," he said. "We have been preparing for this tournament for quite a while and we are here to play good cricket."

Bangladesh open their World Cup campaign against India at the Queen's Park Oval on Saturday.