India Bangladesh to face each other today
India Bangladesh match will be the consecration of a new Asian cricket rivalry. While India have been playing some good cricket and topped Group B at the end of the group stages, Bangladesh needed some help from the weather gods as their game against Australia got washed off even as they looked set to lose the game.
Few of the millions of Bangladeshis following at home expected Mashrafe Mortaza’s side to reach the last four that they are playing India has made the achievement even more special and surprising to the players.
According to Bangladesh media Bangladesh players were doing their shopping in expectation of flying back, Mortaza has send his family home last week.
Sparkling batting by Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah helped Bangladesh to an epic win over New Zealand that saw them reach a first ICC tournament semi-final.
Mortaza says the team has to brush aside pressure so they can play with a “free mind” against India to prove their worth.
Bangladesh lost their World Twenty20 group match to India last year by just one run. They raged over umpire decisions when they lost to India in the 2015 World Cup quarter-final.
Bangladesh ‘Tigers’ beats India at home in a three match one day series. For the first time in 11 years they have earn theme place in the Champions Trophy for the world’s top eight teams by beating Pakistan and South Africa in one-day series has send them up the world rankings.
“Bangladesh are a very hungry and talented bunch of players.” “What you see in Bangladesh right now is a growing confidence and enhanced game-awareness. It is learning how to win matches and that makes it very dangerous opponents” ahead of the tournament Former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara said.
“We did not win a match in New Zealand but we played well there. We created chances in all our matches,” said chief selector Minhajul Abedin.
Bangladesh defeated New Zealand during a three-nation tournament in Ireland before the trophy campaign. Against the Kiwis in Cardiff last week, Bangladesh raced to 268-5 from a tottering 33-4 to eliminate Kane Williamson’s team. Luck also played a role with Bangladesh heading to almost certain defeat against Australia until rain washed out the match. England then beat Australia and let Bangladesh into the semi-final with the hosts. “You could argue about the luck if we would have played badly. But we won a match while Australia and New Zealand failed to do so. Even to utilize the luck you need some base,” said Minhajul.
Minhajul said Bangladesh would need everyone to be on top form against India to have a chance of making the final. Pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman, one of their most exciting talents, has failed to live up to expectations while youngsters Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar have struggled with the bat. Mustafizur, nicknamed ‘Fizz’, vowed to do justice to his reputation in the semi-final. “My cutters were not as effective here as in our home soil. There is no end of learning. And I’m still trying to bowl well in these conditions,” Mustafizur told reporters. “We always believe that our pacers can do well against India. If everything goes right, it will surely happen.