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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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.


"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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  • Android on March 28, 2014, 13:19 GMT

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

  • Dummy on March 28, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    Well, bd can make an upset.

  • Android 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

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

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

  • ESPN on March 28, 2014, 12:11 GMT

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

  • Jon 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.

  • robin 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.

  • Iraj 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.

  • Muhammad 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..

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 8:40 GMT

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

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