India eye Bangladesh scalp to enter World T20 semis after 7 years

Cricketnext Staff |Cricketnext | Updated: March 27, 2014, 9:14 PM IST
India eye Bangladesh scalp to enter World T20 semis after 7 years

While events back home will be difficult to ignore, Team India needs to have its focus firmly on the field as a win against hosts Bangladesh on Friday will assure MS Dhoni & Co of a place in the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20.

The Supreme Court made some scathing observations in the IPL spot-fixing case on Thursday, where even skipper Dhoni's name came up during the hearing and the tremors must have been felt in Mirpur where the India skipper will be trying hard to ignore those news and book his side's first semi-final qualification at World T20 since winning the tournament seven years ago.

It could be a sleepless night for the team with the SC expected to give an interim order on its proposals of replacing N Srinivasan and banning IPL franchises Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.

But in Bangladesh, India are on an upswing after the forgettable tours of South Africa and New Zealand and an Asia Cup campaign that came a cropper. They have beaten Pakistan, beaten West Indies and now are just a win away from becoming the first team to reach the last-four stage.

The hosts are in contrasting territory, though. They were easily tamed by the defending champions West Indies, which added salt to the wounds their defeat against Hong Kong in the qualifiers had inflicted. But the team has itself to blame with neither the bowlers nor the batsmen standing up to the challenge.

The spotlight will also be on Yuvraj Singh, who had scores of 1 and 10 in two outings while having average days as a fielder as well. But he has the backing of his skipper, who reckons the allrounder is feeling the pressure of a comeback.

Bangladesh will also bank on their proven performers like Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim to take the team out of hole and at least put up a fight even if they look distant second against the in-form Indians.

Nasir Hossain and Shamsur Rahman are likely to come into the eleven on Friday for Bangladesh, but India are not expected to make any changes after the skipper backed Yuvraj to come good soon.

Probable XIs:

Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque, 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (c/wk), 6 Shamsur Rahman/Sabbir Rahman, 7 Nasir Hossain/Mahmudullah, 8 Ziaur Rahman, 9 Sohag Gazi, 10 Mashrafe Mortaza, 11 Al-Amin Hossain

India: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (c/wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Mohammed Shami

First Published: March 27, 2014, 9:14 PM IST

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