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India pray Bermuda catch Bangla napping

Published: Sunday, March 25, 2007, 7:06 [IST]
 
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Port of Spain:More than a billion Indians will be desperately hoping Bermuda score an upset World Cup victory on Sunday when they face Bangladesh in the final Group B match.

While Bangladesh will be eyeing a place in the second round for the first time, Indian fans will be praying the debutants pull off an unlikely win which could allow India to sneak through on net run rate.

"Tomorrow India is really banking on us to play well," a smiling Bermuda skipper Irvine Romaine said on Saturday. "It is good to have that support."

Bangladesh only need to avoid defeat to enter the Super Eights with group leaders Sri Lanka.

India were virtually knocked out in the first round after losing to Sri Lanka on Friday, ending with just one win from three matches.

Bermuda nurse some hopes after putting up a 200-plus total (205) against Bangladesh in last month's eight-wicket defeat in an ICC developmental one-day series in Antigua.

They lost heavily to both India and Sri Lanka in the World Cup, however.

"We still want a victory against Bangladesh," Romaine said. "The nerves have definitely calmed down going into the match.

"We played Bangladesh in Antigua and scored over 200," he said. "We've the ability to post a total against them.

"They are very good and young but inconsistent. Tommorrow (Sunday) may be an off day for them and we may catch them napping."

Bangladesh, making only their third World Cup appearance, were trying to keep their emotions in check.

"Tomorrow we have a fair chance to go to the Super Eights," skipper Habibul Bashar, whose side upset India last week, said.

"We should win but this is another international game and we should not take things lightly.

"Yesterday morning was pretty tense but we were quite happy in the evening," he said, referring to India's defeat.

Bashar said his young players were under pressure due to the sudden rise in hopes back home after the win over India.

"Back home people have waited with a lot of patience that we can qualify for the second round.

"Cricket is big in Bangladesh these days. If we can go to the second round, it will please the people of Bangladesh."

The seven-week World Cup, the first in the Caribbean, culminates in the April 28 final in Barbados.

Squads:

Bangladesh: Habibul Bashar (capt), Shahriar Nafees, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain, Tapash Baisya, Syed Rasel, Rajin Saleh and Javed Omar. Coach: Dav Whatmore.

Bermuda: Irving Romaine (capt), Dean Minors (wk), Delyone Borden, Lionel Cann, David Hemp, Kevin Hurdle, Malachi Jones, Stefan Kelly, Dwayne Leverock, Saleem Mukuddem, Stephen Outerbridge, Oliver Pitcher, Clay Smith, Janeiro Tucker and Kwame Tucker. Coach: Gus Logie.

Reuters

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