Bangladesh faces uphill task; takes on India in a do-or-die clash

Dhaka, Jun 11 (UNI) So far, the two matches of the triangular series have unfolded on expected lines and with India taking on Bangladesh here tomorrow, the chances of an upset look highly unlikely even though the hosts are trying to derive motivation from their past record against the Men in Blue.

For Bangladesh, it would be a do-or-die match as a defeat would close the doors to the finals but India would look to test its bench strength especially the two IPL stars - Manpreet Gony and Pragyan Ojha.

The home team were comprehensively defeated by Pakistan by 70 runs in the opening match of the tournament while India inflicted a humiliating 140-run loss to the winners of the first match.

However, rain has been a cause of concern in the tournament so far but Bangladesh would prefer to play tommorrow's game as no play would result in their exit from the tri-series.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had already made it clear that his team will go all out to win the tournament.

India, which showed no signs of fatigue against Pakistan after a 44-day long IPL, would not find it tough to post another win against Bangladesh but the margin of their victory against the minnows would be something to watch out for.

Indian openers, who have been causing nightmares to almost every team in the world, would certainly be a cause of concern for the hosts as well.

Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful, however, pointed out that his boys have beaten India before, including in last year's World Cup and that would be something that his boys would look to repeat.

''It is quite possible. We have beaten India twice in the recent past. If we apply the same processes of those victories, we could win tomorrow,'' Ashraful said after the team's practice session here.

The task for the home team is more than tough, especially, considering the fact that Indian openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag are going through an amazing run but Ashraful asserted that his side has a strategy ready to make early inroads.

''We have strategies for each and every player, not only their in-form openers.

''It is important to bowl on the right areas. Add to this our fielding and it will also be difficult for any batsmen to go for shots in this wicket,'' he said.

Bangladesh went down to Pakistan in the opening match of the tournament by 70 runs but India then stunned the winners of the first match by 140 runs.

Ashraful added that his team has learnt their mistakes from the game against Pakistan and would try avoiding them against a more disciplined India.

''We should not bowl like what we did against Pakistan and this is the key aspect for tomorrow's match. We are working on these areas and learnt our mistakes too. We are working on corrective methods and our bowlers should not bowl wide or full balls,'' he said.

Although, the home crowd would not be expecting much from the hosts but Ashraful will himself have to come up with an exceptional performance if his side has to surprise India who started the tournament as favourites.

Teams India (from) Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (cap), Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Manpreet Gony, RP Singh.

Bangladesh (from) Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Mohammad Ashraful, Raqibul Hasan, Alok Kapali, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Dolar Mahmud, Abdur Razzak, Shahdat Hossain, Farhad Reza.


Story first published: Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 18:07 [IST]
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