ICC World T20, India vs Bangladesh LIVE: Dhoni and Co have ‘no room for error’ against Bangladesh

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PITCH – It’s a flat pitch. The average score here is 170 and the boundaries are short. An average of 13 sixes per match. The captains look to chase with a reliable batting surface. We are in for a run-fest.

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Who will hit big tonight? Will it be Sabbir for Bangladesh or will it tbe Virat for India?

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Are they sure they chose the right sport?

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Well, complicated but worth your time!

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And the Men in Blue are out for warm-up at Bengaluru.

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Hello and welcome, it’s India vs Bangladesh today and it’s must-not lose match for the hosts. India just sit above Bangladesh in their group owing to their dismal NRR, so they need to win and win big. Bangladesh after two straight defeats is virtually out, but if they manage to win the next two games then the numbers can play a trick.

There has been much chatter around both the teams. People have started calling Virat Kohli greater than Richards, Ponting, Tendulkar and single-malt whiskey. But the ‘favourites’ chatter around the Men in Blue has reduced a bit after a humbling start against New Zealand, who are now getting all the ‘favourites’ talk now. Some have even questioned Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza in light of successive defeats in the World T20. And Bangladesh are weakened too, with Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed banned owing to suspect action. But the Tigers have always roared agianst India. They have always fought hard. And to save their World T20 campaign they’ll have to do just that today too.

India, on the other hand, must be confident going into the game. They just won the final before the final, the game against Pakistan. And they have defeated Bangladesh twice in the recently concluded Asia Cup. But count on cricket to betray history.

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Bangalore, India: Veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra said India can’t afford any slip-ups againstBangladesh on Wednesday if they are to avoid a humiliating early exit from the World Twenty20 on home soil.
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The hosts are precariously placed in fourth spot of Group Two after one defeat and one win and desperately need an emphatic victory against Bangladesh to boost their run rate as they bid for a semi-finals berth.

India’s six-wicket win over arch-rivals Pakistan on Saturday will have boosted their confidence after a shock 47-run defeat to New Zealand in their opening group match.

But Nehra, part of the Indian side that won the 50-overs World Cup in 2011, saidBangladesh could not be “taken lightly”.
India would be looking to win against Bangladesh to make road to semi-finals easier. AFP

India would be looking to win against Bangladesh to make road to semi-finals easier. AFP

“Only two teams will qualify. Till the time (you do), you need to approach every game as a knockout game. There’s not too much room for error,” the 36-year-old said in a pre-match press conference Tuesday.

“Everyone in the dressing room, we are not taking Bangladesh lightly.”

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has urged his big-hitters to improve their run rate dramatically against Bangladesh and then Australia in the following match if they are to be sure of qualification.

While Bangladesh have a poor track record in T20s, they beat India in a one-day series last year.

Dhoni said India, firm favourites at the start of the tournament to lift a second World T20 title, needed to improve to qualify from a tough group.

“I still feel there is still scope for improvement and in the coming two games that will be our priority,” he said after Saturday’s win over Pakistan.

New Zealand top the group on four points after two wins while Pakistan, Australia and India all have two points. However India’s run rate, which could determine who qualifies, is considerably worse than their rivals.

“In the first game our run rate went down. So it’s not only about winning but you have to take care of the run-rate at some point,” added Dhoni.

The hosts are seeking to become the first country to win the World T20 title twice, after clinching the crown in 2007, and also the first to win at home.

Sloppy fielding

A depleted Bangladesh, by comparison, will be desperate for a win after two straight losses, the latest to Australia by three wickets on Monday.

Sitting at the bottom of Group Two after also losing to Pakistan, the Tigers have almost no chance of advancing to the semi-finals, but skipper Mashrafe Mortaza vowed to battle on.

“We will keep fighting. We still have two matches to fight hard,” he said.

Shakib Al Hasan, widely considered Bangladesh’s best player, said his side needed to stamp out sloppy fielding including dropped catches that marred their efforts against Australia.

“We need to be very disciplined with our bowling and fielding to restrict them (India),” he said.

The Tigers were left reeling after the ICC’s decision at the weekend to suspend their top bowlers Arafat Sunny and Taskin Ahmed for illegal actions, forcing them to rush in replacements from Bangladesh.

There are also question marks over star batsman Tamim Iqbal who is unwell and did not play against Australia.


India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt and wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh.

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Abu Hider, Al-Amin Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wicketkeeper), Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Shuvagata Hom, Saqlain Sajib