About the Match
India topped Pool B with six straight wins to accumulate 12 points and will be taking on Bangladesh, which stood fourth in Pool A with 7 points, in the 2nd quarter-final of the world cup at Melbourne on 19th March. Bangladesh had ousted India out of the world cup way back in 2007, which had brought them to the limelight and they will be waiting to repeat the performance once again on Thursday. On the other hand, the men in blue are in good form and seem to be a formidable force to reckon with; fans will be waiting with bated breath to see which side can triumph over the other to move into the semi-finals.
Although their record against India doesn’t favor them for the quarter-final clash, they are confident of causing an upset on Thursday against India, thanks to their recent heroics against top teams. Their famous win in 2007 that saw them knock-out India from the world cup gives them a morale boost and the players look to be in top shape to repeat that here; Mahmudullah has been in good nick with the bat as witnessed in the game against the Kiwis wherein he posted an unbeaten 128 off 123 at a time when the others crumbled under pressure. He has been consistent with the runs and will be a deadly combination with Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan in the middle. The bowlers look sharp as well with Rubel Hossain, Shakib, Mashrafe Mortaza and Taskin Ahmed being among the wicket-takers in almost every game; all-rounders will play a crucial role and the fielding will have to be perfect if they want to outsmart the Indian batsmen in each step of the way. Overall, the team has a good combination of talent and match-winning players, who can definitely put up a tough fight for the reigning champions here.
While the batting line-up managed to hold up every time either in chasing a target or setting a defendable one, they were thoroughly tested against Zimbabwe and this will be a cause for worry on Thursday. Although Kohli, Dhawan, Raina and Dhoni have been invincible with the bat, others like Jadeja and Rohit Sharma will have to pull up their socks and deliver when needed. They will have to be wary against the Bangladeshi spinners and pace attack; although the team has lost only 3 times against Bangladesh in last 28 encounters, the players won’t risk getting complacent on Thursday and will definitely come out all guns blazing. On the bowling front, the trio of Shami, Mohit Sharma and Yadav has yielded great results with consistent wickets whereas Ashwin, Jadeja and Raina are also making regular claims. With six straight wins, the confidence in the team is high but they will be cautious against their neighbours and try to dominate them right from the start so as to move ahead with conviction and seal a semi-final berth on Thursday.
Bangladesh has earlier defeated India in the world cup once and they will be eager to do so yet again; team India is buoyant presently but is also well-aware of the danger that their opponents can present. Although Bangladesh will put up a stiff challenge, we feel that India is better placed to emerge victorious on Thursday. Winner:
India, 1.14 @ Bet365