Fixture: India vs Bangladesh
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Umpires: Aleem Dar, Ian Gould, Steve Davis (TV Umpire), Paul Reiffel (Reserve Umpire)
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama
Date: 19 March, 2015
Time: 14:30 Local, 09:00 IST, 03:30 GMT
India look to extend winning streak
The Indian cricket team’s current World Cup campaign has been nothing short of phenomenal. Having began the tournament at the back of a series of miserable results, it is safe to say that the Men In Blue have moved up a gear. The hard fought win over Zimbabwe reaffirmed a strong Indian unit that possesses depth in batting and the character to tough out a challenging target.
On a more impressive note, the story of the India’s successful World Cup campaign cannot be traced to individual brilliance. Therefore, it will certainly be agreed that “Team India” are playing as a unit. However, the quarterfinals will be an entirely different ball game. Apart from the numerous records to be broken, should India win, a tough test against the Bangladesh Tigers beckons, something MS Dhoni will be wary of.
Predicted XI: MS Dhoni (capt& wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma and Umesh yadav
Bangladesh eager to spring a surprise
Despite breaking into the quarterfinal stage due to a win over a under par English side through the back door, Bangladesh boast of a few quality players. Mahmudullah Riyadh in particular has been a shining light for the tigers with a couple of centuries. Although their opponents will be heavy favourites, one cannot rule out the possibility of a Bangladesh win.
That said, Mashrafe Mortaza will realize that it will take a massive performance from his side should they pull off an upset against the World Champions. With the Indian side peaking at the right time, an upset seems highly unlikely.
Predicted XI: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Shakib al Hasan, Mahmudullah Riyadh, Imrul Kayes, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Rubel Hossain, Anamul Haque, Sabbir Rahman and Taijul Islam
Bangladesh vs India: Head to head
The tow Asian nations have face each other twice in World Cup history, with both sides boasting of a win apiece.
Queens Park Oval, Port Of Spain- 2007: Bangladesh won by 5 wickets
Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka- 2011: India won by 87 runs
The X Factor: Ravindra Jadeja
Melbourne has been a happy hunting ground for the Indians thus far. The comprehensive win over South Africa will be a good memory to take forward. That said, Ravindra Jadeja will be the X Factor going into the fixture. For many, Jadeja is viewed as an all rounder. However, apart from his accurate bowling, the gritty left hander has not come good with the bat. The match against Bangladesh is an ideal opportunity for Jadeja to come to the party !
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