Bangladesh v India, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 27, 2014

India eye semis, Bangladesh fight

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Match facts

March 28, 2014
Start time 1930 local (1330 GMT)

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Similarities between last year's Champions Trophy and this World T20 were a thought before the tournament began, but two India matches later it seems this is exactly identical. Even as India have - against whatever trends you can develop in Twenty20 games - done extremely well, in two days the Supreme Court of India has turned the heat on the Indian cricket administration.

This time last year MS Dhoni had a series of question marks against him through his involvement with India Cements, whose managing director had saved his job, but he managed to ward away all evil with a stunning Champions Trophy win. The questions are back, this time with much more force, as a day before India's third match in World T20 the Supreme Court heard from prosecution that Dhoni had lied under oath in trying to maintain distance between Chennai Super Kings and Guruanth Meiyappan, who used team information for illegal betting.

On the field, though, two exceptional days with the ball have made sure India are within striking distance of progression to the semi-finals. In fact, even before they start their third match - never mind more wrath of the court anticipated in the morning - if West Indies beat Australia in the afternoon, India will be all but through to the next round. All they will need to do after that is beat Bangladesh, who will be desperate to prove that phrases such as "all the opposition has to do" are not used in the same sentence as "beat Bangladesh".

After getting the hopes of the home crowds up by beating Afghanistan emphatically, the hosts have brought much pain to the crowds by losing to Hong Kong and tamely so to West Indies. In four matches, not a single batsman has batted long enough to score a fifty, catches have been dropped regularly, and ground fielding has been poor. You cannot expect to win playing in that manner. Bangladesh once compounded India's off-field misery when they beat them in the World Cup in 2007 to bring to an end the controversial tenure of Greg Chappell. If they are to do something similar here, we will need a team unrecognisable from the one that has taken the field in the last two matches.

Form guide

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Bangladesh LLWWL
India WWWWL

Watch out for

These are times when you look for talismans. Bangladesh's for a long time has been Shakib Al Hasan. Since the last World T20, he has averaged 37.33 with the bat and 8.50 with the ball. Bangladesh will need him to carry them if tables are to be turned.

The heat is on on Yuvraj Singh, who dropped another catch and gave India a few nervous moments with his 19-ball 10 in an otherwise easy chase against West Indies. He has enjoyed the confidence of his captain and his team-mates, but does the rope run long enough to survive another failure?

Team news

Nasir Hossain is likely to come back after his axing failed to improve the general batting standards, but Mahmudullah could keep his place despite two dropped catches against West Indies. Shamsur Rahman is likely to play too. Mashrafe Mortaza did the pre-match press conference, but as always his place in the team can't be confirmed till the last minute due to his side strain and rib injury.

Bangladesh 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt. & wk), 6 Shamsur Rahman/Sabbir Rahman, 7 Nasir Hossain/Mahmudullah, 8 Ziaur Rahman, 9 Sohag Gazi, 10 Mashrafe Mortaza, 11 Al-Amin Hossain

India have no pressing reason to make a change now that they have shown confidence in Yuvraj in public.

India (possible) 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Mohammed Shami

Stats and trivia

  • Yuvraj Singh is the only Indian to have won more than two Man-of-the-Match awards. In just three appearances for India, Amit Mishra has joined five other Indians on two match awards.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar's figures of 3-0-3-0 were the joint-most economical for three or more overs in a Twenty20 international.
  • Take out Zimbabwe, and West Indies are the only big-time team that Bangladesh have beaten in T20Is.

Quotes

"We lost the two games pretty disappointingly. We want to play well, fight as much as we can. We will play to win for sure, but above everything else, we have to start well."
Mashrafe Mortaza wants to get rid of nerves early

"First priority is to win the match and get the [net] run-rate aspect out of the equation. If we win, net run-rate will be automatically taken care of."
Rohit Sharma doesn't want to complicate things

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on March 28, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Once again MSD wins the toss and once again no changes to the side.

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Well, bd can make an upset.

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    yuvraj I know you still have it in you. .... just don't bother and unleash yourself. ... We are waiting eagerly for you to get back on track. ..... all the best

  • verma14 on March 28, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    India should win this match with an eye on his net run rate.

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    no matter wat ever...we are waiting for yuvi only....

  • jb633 on March 28, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    India are a top team in these conditions. I must confess they have proved me wrong and I am happy to concede they are favourites for the tournament. The emergence of Mishra has given them an extra dimension and they look very dangerous. If they have the boldness to drop Yuvraj and bring in Rahane they will be even more complete.

  • verma14 on March 28, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Wonderfull opportunity for Yuvraj Singh to get some runs under his belt so that it can boost his confidence.

  • Cricsnake on March 28, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    It's so funny to see some fans say Ind & BD equally matching. In my opinion, India is too strong for BD. Their bowling unit is surprising. Batting is too strong. The plus point for BD is they play at their home. But in tournament so far, most of the matches are close encounters and very competitive cricket from all teams. This time Bangla team is not performing to their full potential. BD had an strong comeback against Afghans and they also can be very dangerous on their day. Wanna see a good fight till last over. Good luck both teams.

  • sensation on March 28, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    if aus win today and india alos win there match against bangladesh then this pool have still lots of complications.. aus beat india and pak beat westendies then aus,ind,pak all have 3 wins each and decider of semi finalist will be on net run rate.. india will be in trouble if they have to depend on run rate because they chased there target very slowly against pak and westndies..

  • on March 28, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    i think net run rate should be for to qualify in semi finals.so india should bat first and pick yuvi

  • on March 28, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Once again MSD wins the toss and once again no changes to the side.

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Well, bd can make an upset.

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    yuvraj I know you still have it in you. .... just don't bother and unleash yourself. ... We are waiting eagerly for you to get back on track. ..... all the best

  • verma14 on March 28, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    India should win this match with an eye on his net run rate.

  • on March 28, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    no matter wat ever...we are waiting for yuvi only....

  • jb633 on March 28, 2014, 11:58 GMT

    India are a top team in these conditions. I must confess they have proved me wrong and I am happy to concede they are favourites for the tournament. The emergence of Mishra has given them an extra dimension and they look very dangerous. If they have the boldness to drop Yuvraj and bring in Rahane they will be even more complete.

  • verma14 on March 28, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Wonderfull opportunity for Yuvraj Singh to get some runs under his belt so that it can boost his confidence.

  • Cricsnake on March 28, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    It's so funny to see some fans say Ind & BD equally matching. In my opinion, India is too strong for BD. Their bowling unit is surprising. Batting is too strong. The plus point for BD is they play at their home. But in tournament so far, most of the matches are close encounters and very competitive cricket from all teams. This time Bangla team is not performing to their full potential. BD had an strong comeback against Afghans and they also can be very dangerous on their day. Wanna see a good fight till last over. Good luck both teams.

  • sensation on March 28, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    if aus win today and india alos win there match against bangladesh then this pool have still lots of complications.. aus beat india and pak beat westendies then aus,ind,pak all have 3 wins each and decider of semi finalist will be on net run rate.. india will be in trouble if they have to depend on run rate because they chased there target very slowly against pak and westndies..

  • on March 28, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    i think net run rate should be for to qualify in semi finals.so india should bat first and pick yuvi

  • kunalx on March 28, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    A win for WI and IND today will put India automatically toward Semi regardless the remaining matches results. India - 3win 1 Rem WI - 2 Win 1 Rem PAK - 1 Win 1 Rem

    So WI vs PAK will be the decider and BAN and AUS can be out of the Tournament today.

  • Haleos on March 28, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    @ Umair_umair - nothing better than seeing the mighty Oz ego crushed. The art of mind games(read sledging) is the handiwork of the OZ who surprisingly are never punished for it.

  • Mushy112 on March 28, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    India would be favourite in the match but Tigers are capable of making an upset. We saw Dutch nearly making a great upset against proteas. So india would not dare to take this match lightly.

  • on March 28, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    ind shd bat first and want to see yuvi magic

  • spinkingKK on March 28, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    India should win this match. However, I believe Australia will win against the West Indies. That means, the top two positions will be still open to 3 teams. However, I do believe that West Indies will beat Pakistan and settle everything in the next game. Australia vs India will be a tough game. But, Aussies should win. That means, my prediction is: Australia as Number 1 team and India as Number 2 team.

  • RameshMoudgalya on March 28, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    BD fans are very loyal.Time for BD players to wake up and play to the potential.

  • Umair_umair on March 28, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    @TheRisingTeam: Bro. Wish good luck to BD team. In fact, India would never support BD; in 12 years they have never invited Bangladesh to tour India, and never sent its players to BPL. Pakistan is the only country who supported Bangladesh all that time; and will be the only who one can support them in future.Visited Bangladesh twice and Invited them once, also sent its players to BPL. Pakistan also support Sri Lanka in early days. Indian never sent its players to BPL. So Bangladesh and Sri Lanka boards should turn to Pakistan, keeping politics aside.

  • poorselector on March 28, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Even if India wins against Bangla - the NRR would still be a factor - atleast on paper. AUS beat both WI and Ind and Pak beats both WI and Bang. So winning this is not an automatic entry to semi's or am i missing something?

  • Umair_umair on March 28, 2014, 7:40 GMT

    Both Pakistani and Indian Fans will be cheering for WI, because that can do well to get Australia out of the way.

  • vipinchirackal on March 28, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    india is a complete professional side unlike other asian countries.thats why they perform well at the big stages irrespective of the nature of pitches.thanks to ipl also for this professionalism

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    @Hussey_10- But you will never say that India bowled pretty well in both those matches..They bowled better than all the teams in this tournament..But you will never say that.. Ignorance is bliss..

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:24 GMT

    Against Bangladesh it does seems to be an easy win today again but really worried for semis and in case finals as they are not pushed hard or challenged yet in the tournament.

  • Mohibul125 on March 28, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Hope to watch an excellent match between Ban & Ind. Expect some good captaincy from Mushy.

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    waiting for bangla tigers doing some fireworks against the serene Indian Bowlers-----who r looking very disciplined---the most crazy of the scenes in couple of years cricket........hope to c a close encounter--!

  • The-love on March 28, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    I hope India don't become overconfident and win this game comfortably so that It gives them chance of playing with full flow and less pressure against aussies.

  • its.rachit on March 28, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    IF WI beat Aus and India beat BD today, then India are thru ... NRR will not play any role ... cos India will have 3 wins, Australia will have 2 defeats (below India), Pak and WI have lost to India, so the loser of their match will have 2 defeats ... so only India and max 1 other team can have 3 wins ... cant understand why people cannot calculate this simple scenario ... seems like bashing India has overtaken the logical thinking of people ...

  • ParagRaj on March 28, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    India should drop ageing Yuvraj (he is probably older than his age on paper anyway) who does not score and fields much below his earlier standard. Get Binny as an option to bowl seam up with wet ball. Push Ashwin in the opening slot with license to slog, drop Rohit down to no. 4

  • realfan on March 28, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    @OttawaRocks ; yeah just like how you cinsidered lanka fav against eng??? and guess what the most pathetic player of spin hit century against mighty lankan spinners... :P

  • realfan on March 28, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4 ; had a bad day in office till now, and sudenly i opened cricinfo and there you are to provide some humor.... thanks mate for the humor you provide for us.... lets see how your predictions went so far... 1) afridi 100 against india - check, 2) pak 200 against india - check , saeed ahjmal's 5 for against india - check, juniad khans five for - chcek, WI rolling over india - check, sunil naraine dismantaling indian batting - check.... lol.... everything is coming true.... what next??? bangla scoring whooping 300 and india all out for 15???

  • CHINNASHEKHAR on March 28, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    give a chance to rahane in the place of dhawan or else put down to dhawan in middle order and send rahane as opener and better to play with one facer with sami or drop ashwin

  • Himadri_Debnath on March 28, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    If u see the point table u can understand how NRR is calculated..That means to get into semis Aus have to win against IND with big margin (assuming BD is beaten by IND)..

  • Hussey_10 on March 28, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Indian batting has not ben really tested I this tournament. All India did was chase down two small targets that too during the end overs..

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    If BD & AUS win their matches today. Then Ind is going home early for healthy preparation for upcoming IPL.

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    i guess india shd bat first just fr a change

  • Nahiyan018 on March 28, 2014, 6:43 GMT

    I think Bangladesh should be focusing on their batting as its been quiet disappointing since recent past. While India should be trying to make more use of their pacers. For me SOHAG GAZI should urgently be dropped out as he is a threat for Bangladesh in T20. Bangladesh squad for me:- 1. T.Iqbal, 2. Shamsur Rahman, 3. Anamul Haque, 4. Shkaib Al Hasan, 5. Mushfiq, 6. Shabbir, 7. Mahmudullah, 8. Zia, 9. Mash, 10. Al-Amin, 11. Razzak

  • kamran85 on March 28, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Hell India is far better team than BD. But still I hope BD win as Hongkong won out of blue. I know Indian team is better but I pray today will be BD's day.

  • dganger on March 28, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    One suggestion from avid cricket lover to Indian Team management. Why don't they try out Ashwin in opening slot giving him the full licence to go for a kill....if he gets going this will solve 2 problem...one, this will solve the slow start associated with Rohit and Dhawan....2ndly India will have another option perhaps to try out Binny dropping Rohit or, Dhawan...plus this might also act as an confidence booster for Ashwin which he definitely needs. Something seriously to ponder upon...I hope this message goes through

  • uboatlover on March 28, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    despite being pakistani, all my cheers and prayers for today's match r for our indians

    go india go and blast the bengal cricket to smithereens and defeat them by biggest ever margins

  • Pratya on March 28, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    bd is not playing well right now and they played some horrible matches in a lot of world cups. But India shouldn't take bd easily because Bangladesh has always been an unpredictable team. I think it'll best to play shamsur rahman for mominul haque.

  • Night_Fury on March 28, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Being an Indian Fan, i would like WI to win against AUS so that we just have to win BD and enter Semis and not worry too much of NRR even if we get beaten by AUS. But thats upto WI and Chris Gayle. Secondly, although dangerous but would want India to bat first and get a taste of dew. Nothing better than to push yourself before the big stage. Batting 1st would let Yuvraj play freely and may be we can make 180-200 and then defend it. But honestly we cannot win the tornament without that number 4-5 slot of Yuvi not firing. Rahane for me does not cuts into India T20 team for the reason that in IPL i have never seen him blasting bowlers away. If he plays he got to open to take benefit of restrictions. At 4-5 you need someone who can clear boundary with ease and he aint it. Secondly, Dhawan needs to find some touch otherwise he's going out. Rohit has made runs but have no confidence in him. So we are banking on Kohli, Dhoni, Raina and Jadeja and some day they will fall. We need to sort stuff

  • Jackjin on March 28, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    @ logical_01 "If India beats Bangladesh, India will be through to semi finals irrespective of any other match now on" is not true. India will be with 3 wins and if Pak and Aus win all their remaning matches(including Aus vs IND) they also will be with 3 wins and it will come down to NRR for top 2.. thats why WI have to beat Aus to have no three teams with 3 wins.. So today WI win Aus, IND bt BAN, India are through to SF.

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Kholi must open and Raina in 1D and Rohit in 2D

  • Karthikeyan_Kumarasamy on March 28, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    As rightly said Batting has not been in Tested yet in this tournament, though bangalesh has lost matches against HK and WI, they can beat anyteam on their day. So India should respect BD and play well today.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 28, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    An evenly matched contest between Struggling teams. While Ind were scratchy and just about pushed through a win ,almost not getting to a low 130 target in 2 games in 20 overs. BD will have to repose the passions of the home nations cricket loving fans and is a great opp. to defeat Ind and get excitement in host nation going. But Aus and Pak are by far the strongest in this group and are sure shots for semis. A loss here for Ind will be curtains for Ind with their minus nrr and Aussies waiting.Cant see them with much of a chance vs might of Aussies . So a loss vs BD equals virtual exit for Ind.

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    As a BD fan I am very disappointed with BD current performance and don't find any hope in his world cup. India will win this game. If BD could play as a team there might could be happen which is not seen yet . There might be something inside team which effecting players moral and mentality. The way Last 2-3 months BD team playing they are much more better team I believe and they already shown that. Good luck for BD team.

  • Bangladesh_Forever on March 28, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    With Dhoni, Raina and Yuvraj, India left behind every shred of weakness from the Asia Cup squad and has come to this T20I world cup with one of the most balanced team especially for this venue. For me, Sri Lanka and India are the two best favorites for the final if they don't already meet in the semis. In last match against WI, very rarely, BD played almost the same XI that I'd prefer except that Riyad was in and Shamsur was out. From the available squad, my preferred XI (with exact batting order) against Ind is: 1. Tamim 2. Shamsur 3. Anamul 4. Mushfiq 5. Shakib 6. Sabbir 7. Nasir 8. Zia 9. Mashrafe 10. Gazi 11. Al-Amin

  • Oracle_Magus on March 28, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Though India start of as favourites to win this match one can never write off BD, they have a uncanny knack of stopping Indian progress in major tournaments. This being said, their last 2 performances have been terrible and this might have shattered their confidence badly. India on the other hand are here after 2 easy wins against major teams in this group. But there's a catch here and that's supreme Court's verdict. This is going to put MSD under a lot of stress. But we have seen in the past, he performs best under pressure. And Yuvi is also in the firing line of the media and fans. As the saying goes 'Tough times never last, but tough people do'. A match winning innings is long overdue and today might be his day. All the best team India. Cheers!

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    India will not lose any of their matches in this group..They will beat bangladesh although not easily cz Bangladesh will put up a fight but a win is a win.. India will beat australia as well..

  • on March 28, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    I think Yuvi should bat at 5.....Raina at 4

  • Iceman29 on March 28, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    We cannot predict anything in this format, even the smaller teams will surprise at any moment...India has to play with same intensity as they played against Pak and WI...got to respect every opposition and play to the merit...Ind got to be on their toes because BD just had a humiliating defeat so they will give their everything to stop India...Best of luck Ind...

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 28, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    Some people think it will be evenly matched nail bitter like SA-ND. But it will show authority of Indian team just like the other two matches played.

  • Mahisandy on March 28, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    Either of the openers should be aggressive in their batting and by wasting more deliveries pressure will be on Kohli and Raina. Till now our batting has not been really tested, credit to our bowlers. but if we bat first atleast 180-190 has to be posted to win. see what happened to SA, Ned has almost scared them.

  • on March 28, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    Bangladesh needs to win this one. If they lose this game it is highly likely that they would lose their remaining games without any fight. Their fans have been awesome throughout this series. The team must repay the faith by winning this game or atleast by putting up a good fight.

    Winning the toss might help.

  • checkOnCricket on March 28, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    After Yesterday's SA vs Ned match i feel its not good be over confident at anything. India have to play good and cautious to not produce an upset. yes i am sure if the current Bangladesh team defeats India it should be called an upset and nothing else.

    Hope india thrashes Bangladesh and show them the exit so that next time when they turn in for a tournament they would come up with a proper Team, Approach, Mentality and most Important with proper CAPTAIN !!!!...

  • on March 28, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    India should take this game lightly. Team India have great bowlers...... the legends Ashwin and Jadeja and the great Virat with Captain Dhoni............. Bangladesh team's opponent are not Indian Team actually....... they have to play their own game... team morale is always an important thing.......

  • Albert_cambell on March 28, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    If one player who has to dropped from BD team, then it has to Mahmudallah. The sooner they realize it its better for the team. Nasir got to bat only on innings against HK and he remained notout, but still they dropped him from the team. I think they need to keep some faith on Nasir.

  • phaneendra123 on March 28, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    yuvi played a key role in winning two world cups for INDIA.....Now we are ready to sacrifice this for yuvi (if he failed to perform well in upcoming matches)......come on yuvraj..have a BLAST

  • on March 28, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    INDIA will easily win today

  • on March 28, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    win or los we will be always with my bangladesh team . good luck bengal tiger .

  • logical_01 on March 28, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    The statement "if West Indies beat Australia in the afternoon, India will be all but through to the next round. " is incorrect. If Indi beats Bangladesh, India will be through to semi finals irrespective of any other match now on. With a win with Bangladesh, India will have 3 wins and at the maximum, another team also can have 3 wins.

  • on March 28, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    @Albert_cambell, yes this is going to be a more even contest between BD & Ind. BD is a good T20 side, just having bad days in 2014. And I will be happy to see another nail biter especially watching yesterday's SA-NL match where minnow SA was able to pull up an upset over NL :) Makes you happy insulting teams right?

  • on March 28, 2014, 2:46 GMT

    Yuvi is the biggest risk in this match. The next in line is Dhawan. Many project Rohit as the biggest risk. But he is only the third in line. Rohit seems to be attempting to play the game which Dravid used to play quite successfully, and Gayle seems to be doing now. Play-in carefully in the beginning, bring in stability, and then explode. The only risk is that he may lose his wicket, before he starts exploding, as is happening with Gayle so often these days! That is what happened to Rahane & Pujara too.

    However, every team needs at least one such player, especially for crisis management.

  • on March 28, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    If Bhuvi bowls as well as he did against the Wi and Amit continues his magic that he has so far woven against the batsmen so far, then it is all over for BD. Captain cool should not repeat the mistake of bowling "SIR' the 20th ove when Bhuvi had one overr left. All the best India!!!!

  • on March 28, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    I can see very easy win for IND. #bleedingblue

  • AkshayMohan on March 28, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    Yes,with the comparison of 2 teams India has all the potential but it's a T20 match,no teams can be taken lightly.A perfect example was seen from the match between South Africa and Nederlands,many were talking about the heights of NRR that SA would achieve but resulted in a very good contest.We know that the Indian bowling can be taken well by all test playing nations and they have proved it well earlier,it's just that everything came good to the bowlers and I'm one of the happy men.I never expected Nederlands would put such a brilliant show after being darted against SL.But I'm sure that Bangladesh are much hungrier than what Nederlands had.Wishing a great contest.

  • on March 28, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    Bangladesh is a team that you can never underestimate in limited overs.India still need to be on their best to secure a place in semis. all the best to both teams Hoping for an exciting game and an Indian win.Bleed blue :)

  • FOTO on March 28, 2014, 0:57 GMT

    Get Stuart Law back for Bangladesh head coach and Saqlain Mushtaq for spin bowling coach for players like Gazi and Razzak.

  • Shajadul on March 28, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    I hope BD can show good fight tomorrow and respects the expectations of the crowd.

  • on March 28, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    india haven't batted first I have gutsy feeling sri lanka and india will not qualify for the semi finals.both games that india played they chased so its to be seen how they set target and defend

  • on March 28, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    Home conditions for rival team, complacency and background noise due to court case in India these are main three aspects India will have to deal with. On paper India looks ahead, but on a given day you never know as we saw an almost upset yesterday. So, will be good idea to focus fully and play good game of cricket. Yuvraj needs to get going as he was always a great match winning asset for Indians. Bangladesh on the other side have nothing to loose and should play fearless.

  • on March 27, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    India riding on her luck any toss against them they have to bowl in dew and they will be badly exposed against teams like Australia England South Africa or New Zealand even west indies I hope MSD keep winning toss otherwise his team would be in great trouble beating mercurial sides like West indies and Pakistan is no achievement real test is australia if they have to bowl with dew OZ will murder indian bowling attack with aggressive batting.

  • OttawaRocks on March 27, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    I consider Bangladesh the favourites against India since they're playing at home - despite their recent struggles. On the flip side, if India do win, they still haven't guaranteed anything since a 3 tie with Pakistan and Australia is still possible. We will see …

  • on March 27, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    The optimism shown by BD fans is astonishing. Even Indian fans are not so confident of a win as BD fans are of a BD win!

  • on March 27, 2014, 22:12 GMT

    Albert_Campbell. Can't say who is better huh? Guess your new to the sport. Welcome!

  • on March 27, 2014, 22:11 GMT

    Mar Zan. Amazing analysis. You should consider writing for cricinfo.

  • on March 27, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    I am missing Rahim's prematch salvos. The last time he said that Bangladesh is here to give the other Teams a hård time. They ended up giving their fans a hård time. Then he said our batsmen need to play with a free mind. His batsmen responded by freeing themselves from their mind and giving a mindless performance. I am waiting for the sound byte.

  • on March 27, 2014, 22:01 GMT

    We can expect the Indo-BD match to be a high decibel match and just like the Pakistanis, the Bangladeshis seem to have created a hype as well,when they play against India.

    The entire crowd support will be vying for a BD win. Crowd support for India this time might be a muted affair, as a general guideline has been imposed on the local citizens !

    India is not in mentally sound frame of mind in in view of the rumblings happening back at home with respect to the fluid state of affairs in BCCI arising out of the Apex court verdict and the scrapping of the 2 franchises !

    What Indian Team is to do is to keep aside al those rumblings back at home so that they don't affect their game, play their natural game, of course, without having any sense of Complacency.

    When they start upping the ante, their aim should be to rank first I in net run rate in their group so that they can earn their rightful place.Let us concentrate one game at a time and try to do wonders,by remaining a well knit Team

  • I_Love_My_India on March 27, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: I could not stop laughing. But having said that, today' match between equal teams (SA & NL), we really enjoyed. NL was the better team, but they just ran out of patience and perished. Keep your fingers crossed for SA reaching semis....

  • on March 27, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    Tamim,anamul, Samsur,shakib,mominul,mushfik,nasir,zia,gazi,masrafi,alamin:

  • Nampally on March 27, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    No Sidharth, If Yuvraj Fails again the Rope will run out of its length. We should appreciate that there are others who are being unfairly sidelined to give Yuvraj these chances. It is more a humanitarian & emotional help to assist Yuvraj after his traumatic. Yuvraj has to grab this chance with both the hands & capitalize on it. Indian openers need to show that it is a deserving opening pair. Uttappa should have been the opener based on ability, experience & Form. Clear signal for the openers to perform. In this case Dhoni does not have a choice unless the Selectors dispatch Uttappa to join the squad. It is the Selectors who failed in this case. The rest of the players have to perform as a "Team" as they did in the first 2 games. Till they qualify there is no room for complacency even if they are playing BD. Indian team must go flat out & beat BD first before they can move on to Semi's. In T20 any team can beat any other team by playing their best- Good luck India!

  • on March 27, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    concern on yuvi performance!!! hoping fr his confident game...

  • i_golam on March 27, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    I think BD will win tomorrow ! optimistic ? Hell Yeah !! ...and I truly believe that BD turns the whole thing from tomorrow with the first win against India !!!

  • Anan3t on March 27, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    Bangladesh to win tomorrow If Allah wants.

  • cooljalz on March 27, 2014, 20:43 GMT

    India should go for the kill from the start. A resounding victory will not only secure a semi final spot but will also improve the net run rate. This avoids any complications if by misfortune we lose to Australia like in the previous edition when 1 match cost us the tournament. Also it helps to top group A which means we can avoid SL (although after yesterday's match its difficult to predict who tops that group) bcoz they have the batsmen who can handle our spin. Yuvraj should be promoted up the order to give him some breathing space. Overall no other issues seem to be bothering the team. But still Bangladesh shouldn't be taken lightly. Go India Go!!!

  • on March 27, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    I think india will win easily :)

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on March 27, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    i_amVIVA, if losing 3 matches out of 22 means India "always choke" to Bangladesh, then you're being ridiculously delusional, my friend.

  • yogesh.gg on March 27, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    @Albert_cambell : Yeah SL vs England was a very close match today indeed. Sad to see SL lose buddy. Good luck next time. Cheers!

  • vkumar_086 on March 27, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    @ i_amVIVA....over confident...in your team's court only India comfortably won the match against BD in Asia cup 2014...and match in 2011 WC...history repeats.....India will win easily with healthy run rate....India is the only team in the tournament that have not lost a single match so far....plz remind this...not expecting a fight from BD....im sorry to say this....ATB for TEAM INDIA....

  • ArvindKejriwal_mfpatel810rediff on March 27, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    @Albert_cambell : Nice of you to acknowledge that Bangladesh and India are equal teams. The Banladeshi's will like it when they are equated with current World Champions and Champions trophy. Its a nice gesture from you considering the fact that yours team could not even win in Asia cup final recently and unfortunately cannot be compared even at Asian level..

  • sudiptaasi on March 27, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    "if West Indies beat Australia in the afternoon, India will be all but through to the next round. All they will need to do after that is beat Bangladesh" - Hang on. That'snot right. Consider this situation : Ind beats Ban and WI beats Aus as you said. Now WI,Aus beats Bang as well. Then Aus beats Ind and Pak beats WI. Then, Ind, WI and Pak all ends up with 6 poits and NRR comes into the picture. Given how poor Ind's NRR is atm, isn't it entirely possible that they go out and WI and Pak qualify on NRR ? So, either Ind beat Bang and Aus both, or wait for wither Bang to create an upset or WI to beat Aus and Pak both.

  • on March 27, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    @Albert cambell these two teams are not evenly matched.india is a way better team than ban.being a ban fan i hope bd gives a fight tomorrow in all department.

  • nvr_indian on March 27, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    will give bang-desh 5% chance of winning 2moro..dey can share 2 points if somehow dey can malfunction the tower lights...nothing can save thm..

  • Memphian on March 27, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    Can someone explain how India would seal a place in semi if they win tomorrow's match and not bother about its game against Aus on Sunday? I think they can still get knocked out of tournament due to poorer NRR.

  • Navraj1967 on March 27, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    I think Bangladesh will give India a good competition which they always do. We will wait n watch. Good Luck to both of the teams.

  • arghyapikai on March 27, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Let me predict ~ INDIA all the way! ;)

  • _IndiaRocks on March 27, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    @Albert_cambell I think you lack cricketing knowledge and trends. I think you don't even know past performances of these teams which you thinkab are out equally matched. Please don't make us laugh on you.

    Although cricket is funny game and on given day any team could win. especially in T20 format but I see only 1 out of 10 times it would go till nail biting close encounter. I wish both India and Bangladesh luck for upcoming game. I don't see India will play this match as practice match and I am sure both teams will put up best effort in this game.

  • on March 27, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    1 Tamim Iqbal 2 Anamul Haque 3 Shamsur rahman 4 Shakib Al Hasan 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt. & wk) 6 Nasir Hossain 7 Mahmudullah 8 Ziaur Rahman 9 Sohag Gazi 10 Mashrafe Mortaza 11 Al-Amin Hossain

  • i_amVIVA on March 27, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Today Hales bails Eng, who the hale would bail Bang tomorrow over mighty Ind? anyone!!!

  • AnoMaLy on March 27, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    @Albert_cambell - Yeap may the better team win. Btw what happen to the SL tigers? LOL

  • Equal_right2play_cricket on March 27, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    1.Why don't BD try any more by Zia & Shamsur as opening pair after performoing good against NZ? 2.Why don't they utilize Mominul like alrounder who has been played with Gayle, Hodge, Shehzad? 3.Why do BD judge thier player by domestic performance where so many 'drop catch', 'loose delivery without punishment', 'half century with many lives' , 'lower umpiring' are happened? 4.Why don't u change ur batting order like the gr8 team India/Aus to regain individual performance? 5.Why don't u strong ur tail-end which was ur strength once? 6.Why don't u utilize all of ur experienced part time bowler? 7.Why do ur DJ & fans shout after couple of 4/6's to inspire needless shot? 8.Why don't u cheer in the field like Ind/Aus rather than shouting ugly?

    TRY TO TAKE HELP FRM IND,AUS TO PLAY IN THEIR DOMESTIC BY UR A/B TEAM REGULARLY RATHER THAN SHOUTING FOR BILATERAL SEREIS. THAT'LL B UR PIPELINE.

  • dulabhai on March 27, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Tomorrow's scorecard: BAN 64 (12.5 overs) / IND 70/1 (4.4 Overs) BAN needs to drop Tamim if they want to win this match. Otherwise, it will be another sorry show all over again. He is going to score 2 runs then get out from a silly catch.

  • on March 27, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    scenario when nrr comes into play..... india loses to aus , aus wins vs west indies pak wins against west indies. pak and aus wins against bangladesh.Then pak india australia end up with three wins each.

  • TheRisingTeam on March 27, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    We have been an embarrassment to Cricket. With so much funding, support and amount of time we have been given yet we are still a minnow. Really by now Bangladesh should be dominating at home in all forms and at least competitive away but Bangladesh has not even come close on an inch of doing that. We still don't have a batsman that averages over 40 in the main forms (subject to 50 innings) and no pacer that averages below 30 in the main forms (subject to 50 innings). We have no world class players, few good players but the rest are ordinary and below. It would be great if countries like India and Sri Lanka assist with Bangladesh Cricket maybe you can allow us to participate a Bangla XI in Ranji Trophy or something.

    There's too much relaxation in Bangladesh Cricket and laid back don't care attitude and players getting easy high money when they are not good enough to deserve such rewards.

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    What a great match tomorrow, 2 evenly matched teams fight for supremacy! Anyways i see Bangladesh thrash India and register their 2nd win as they are slightly better than India on field but Indians are better on paper.. So a good match expected tomorrow.. fingers crossed!

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 27, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    India should win this easily. But I still expect Team India to respect BD team and play them with a lot of passion. At the end of the day, this is a game of cricket so we don't need bad blood between the teams or fans. So good luck to both teams but I want an Indian win.

  • on March 27, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Its going to be a cakewalk for India ... From a BD fan

  • TheRisingTeam on March 27, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    Us Bangla fans need to stop disrespecting teams from top 8, dreaming and look at the reality. Highly unlikely Bangladesh will beat India tomorrow and even if we do somehow beat them, it doesn't prove a thing. The fact of the matter is Bangladesh Cricket lack serious professionalism on and off the field.

    Our batting is dodgy with many of our batsman having poor techniques, poor shot selection, lack of temperament and little footwork.

    Fielding to be fair has been average neither good nor bad.

    Bowling attack is plain ordinary. We have no world class pacer or spinner and most of our bowlers bowl all over the place especially short and wide and no wonder we have flopped in tests where bowling is essential to winning games.

    No doubt the talent of Bangladesh Cricket is there but until Bangladesh players play like professionals (proper sensible Cricket) and administration sorts out the poor first class structure and poor pitches, Bangladesh will continue to struggle.

  • British_North_America on March 27, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Since Sri Lanka lost today, I expect Bangladesh to win tomorrow.

  • on March 27, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    India should win this match easily but let's see if our boys can give us some surprise !!!

  • i_amVIVA on March 27, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    Ind always choke against Ban, and this time it's the later's home court; surely hoping to see an exciting one tomorrow!!!

  • on March 27, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Bowling first is priority against this India side because be it any target and India will chase it especially with the dew. But i see another win for India and they are through to semis. Wouldnt have thought this... Pak and Ind in semis.

  • on March 27, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    I am a bangladeshi and i see no hope Bangladesh now a days. Tomorrow this match will be a practice match for India to go fight against australia which will surely be a big game for them. Bd is push walk for team india.

  • SayakBhattacharyya on March 27, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    @Albert Cambell : It seems you have confused today with tomorrow my friend. The match you are mentioning has already been played between SA and Netherlands, and we neutrals definitely enjoyed it. It was really a nail biting contest.

  • on March 27, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    @Albert Cambell, ha ha ha.... Two evenly matched teams... Just makes me laugh this statement...Yes we also saw a good contest from equally matched teams between SA and Netherlands.... Only Spin department from both teams play critical role.... Right now are Bangladesh having quality spinners who can match Shaib-Ul Hasan standards? Well I don't know...Neverthelesss, India should prevail over Bangladesh....

  • ManishZ on March 27, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    In last 2 matches India played really impressive, Ofcourse at present bolwing department is doing better as compare to any team. But on the other hand batting hasn't been tested yet, In both matches India got low target to chase that's why we can't say about batting department. Rohit and Dhawan didn't played very well as openers so that'd be a threat.

  • on March 27, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    india should win this match easy match i could say bt u cant say when bangladesh would bounce back. openers should giv india a flying start. they should nt be afraid of getting out. dhoni should promote yuvi up d order. so dat he gets some time to settle himself n then just gio out and smash it. once again mishra would be d the triumph card for india bang. would be once again looking upto shakib al hasan. bangladesh hav talented players bt they r nt able to perform as a unit. i dont understand one thing ashwin always bowls round d wicket ashwin is (actually was) a match winner bt bad team management has made him a burden for india binny could be given a chance

  • on March 27, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Once again opening partnership is going to be crutial. If we have wickets in hand till 16 th over, in last 4 overs we can build huge score. We have all batsmen match winner. From Rohit Sharma to Jadeja. All are having huge capability of hitting big shots. If we get Rohit and Shikhar pair click, nothing is like that. Rohit is looking in very good touch as Virat too. Raina is definately trying to overcome the set back of dropping out for Asia cup. Right now only UVs form is a bit concerned. But I am sure, one inning, and Yuvraj will start his usual trade mark blaster tendency. Our bowling department is doing excellent job after heavy criticism in last few matches. Fielding is still matching upto the standards. In 2014 we have lost so far important matches due to bad filding. I am sure Dhoni must be working hard on this aspect. In short we can say our Indian team is performing as a unit. Everybody is taking part in India's victory so far. In both the matches our top order has permormed.

  • Himadri_Debnath on March 27, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Overconfidence of Bangladesh will hamper them..Dhoni is the key to success of INDIA..

  • realfan on March 27, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    this tournament should be morale factor for india , WIN the WC and tget morale back.... make your onfield performances talk rather than off field performances... go guys u can do it... bleed blue :)

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    @albertcampbell I really dont know what is it in india that hurts you so badly...may be the success fame that india gets...anyways you enjoy your merry ride with our team...keep bashing..if that what pleases you...may be your own team is not pleasing you

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    @albertcampbell here you come.. we just witnessed a match betn two evenly matched teams .. SA vs Netherlands

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    India must bat first in one of the two matches. They must play Binny in place of Shikar or Yuvraj. These are tumultuous times for Indian cricket but they must focus on playing well.

  • 11MP on March 27, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    I agree with you my friend Albert_cambell. Both these Teams bring excitement and plays good cricket unlike Team that you are supporting. Keep your hope alive.

  • IndianSRTfan on March 27, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    @Albert_cambell: Yeah we saw who were equally matched in SA vs Netherlands today! You are right, it WAS a nail biter and "every neutral fans" enjoyed it lol.

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    @mayuresh chavan, it good to show ur anger, if u r upset with the team, but the things u mentioned is simply not possibles

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    I think Bangladesh will win this match, Dhoni will field first as he and his team are not capable enough to defend any total. Bangladesh even can bat first to be honest and even if they score 150 india have no chance to win. Indian openers struggling big time both sharma and dhawan are not t 20 material they playing too slow, both matches that India won it went in 19th and 20th overs india batting yet has to be tested.

    If India Bat and Field it should not matter to Bangladesh all they need is to fire up and play sensible and aggressive cricket.

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    @Albert_cambell two equally matched teams u r so funny yaar

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    @Albert_Cambell Rofl u r too funny man........... ur sense of humour in peak let's c 2rw

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Rahane is the obvious choice..why stick around with someone who is not only not contributing but actually hampering the path to victory by dropping catches, playing ultra slow innings and bowling ridiculously.Jadeja might as remind him of the criticism he received following T20 world cup in England.

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    india is really good cricket nation and they deserve to win this t20 world cup but they are not unbeatable and in past we beat them as well . I have a feeling that if bangladesh win tomorrow than we will play in semi . but its might can go other way if they lose tomorrow than they are gonna lose next three match . good luck bd

  • Albert_cambell on March 27, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Nice to see two equally matched teams taking on each other. Cant say who is better. Expecting a nail biter tomorrow. Every neutral fans will enjoy this contest.

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    India will loose this one. They will trash by Bangladesh and Australia.

  • Himadri_Debnath on March 27, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Yuvi is crucial member of india,hope he will come back soon

  • on March 27, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Yuvi will play a confident inning.......hope so....

  • ramz30380 on March 27, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Go India make ur on-field performances be talked abt more than the off-field issues. A convincing win is wht the Indian folks deserve..... & for heavens sake please have an eye on the NRR!

  • Himadri_Debnath on March 27, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    India will win tomorrow and I am sure they will make no mistake..good luck INDIA

  • sonu.g on March 27, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    i will b cheering fr the WI in the day match and if they win india will just hav 2 beat bangladesh and straight away qualify for semis...then let pak and wi decide among themselves who qualifies as the 2nd team in their qf match

  • Deena-India on March 27, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    If Yuvraj fails tom please bring Rahane. Atleast he can save few runs and take some catches. Yuvraj looks absolutely clueless in all three departments. He is not the vintage Yuvraj now. Even if 10 players play their role and 1 player flops, the match may get out of hands.

  • on March 27, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    i think yuvi needs to attack ,no need to feel pressure champ...you are a true match winner...love you yuvi..best of luck india.

  • on March 27, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Do or die match 4 BD,hopefully bd will come back tomorrow best of luck for bd

  • mgr125128 on March 27, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    The way India has been playing,I dont think they will take uneccasry risks to boost the NRR. They seem pretty confident they wont be needing NRR factor or else they would have tried to get NRR up in WI game but they instead chose to experiemnt with Yuvraj. They will just try to win clinically like they did against their last two opponents without any type of panic and get 3 wins under their belt. The probablity that 3 or 4 teams will end up with 3 wins ( assuming even if India loose to Australia ) is very very low . A higher probablity is Aus/WI/Pakistan end up with 2 wins each and then NRR may be factor in that scenario

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  • mgr125128 on March 27, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    The way India has been playing,I dont think they will take uneccasry risks to boost the NRR. They seem pretty confident they wont be needing NRR factor or else they would have tried to get NRR up in WI game but they instead chose to experiemnt with Yuvraj. They will just try to win clinically like they did against their last two opponents without any type of panic and get 3 wins under their belt. The probablity that 3 or 4 teams will end up with 3 wins ( assuming even if India loose to Australia ) is very very low . A higher probablity is Aus/WI/Pakistan end up with 2 wins each and then NRR may be factor in that scenario

  • on March 27, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Do or die match 4 BD,hopefully bd will come back tomorrow best of luck for bd

  • on March 27, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    i think yuvi needs to attack ,no need to feel pressure champ...you are a true match winner...love you yuvi..best of luck india.

  • Deena-India on March 27, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    If Yuvraj fails tom please bring Rahane. Atleast he can save few runs and take some catches. Yuvraj looks absolutely clueless in all three departments. He is not the vintage Yuvraj now. Even if 10 players play their role and 1 player flops, the match may get out of hands.

  • sonu.g on March 27, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    i will b cheering fr the WI in the day match and if they win india will just hav 2 beat bangladesh and straight away qualify for semis...then let pak and wi decide among themselves who qualifies as the 2nd team in their qf match

  • Himadri_Debnath on March 27, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    India will win tomorrow and I am sure they will make no mistake..good luck INDIA

  • ramz30380 on March 27, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Go India make ur on-field performances be talked abt more than the off-field issues. A convincing win is wht the Indian folks deserve..... & for heavens sake please have an eye on the NRR!

  • on March 27, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Yuvi will play a confident inning.......hope so....

  • Himadri_Debnath on March 27, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Yuvi is crucial member of india,hope he will come back soon

  • on March 27, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    India will loose this one. They will trash by Bangladesh and Australia.