Dhaka, Mar 15: India should not find it difficult to put it past Bangladesh in Friday's Asia Cup match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. A win tomorrow will almost guarantee a spot in the final for the MS Dhoni-led side.
After a resounding 50-run victory over Sri Lanka on Tuesday, India, the defending champions are in a confident mood. They can look forward to another good outing against the hosts.
It will the first meeting between India and Bangladesh since the inaugural game of the World Cup 2011 at the this very venue. On that day, India had emerged triumphant convincingly after hundreds from Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli.
Kohli will yet again be under the spotlight on Thursday. The right-hander struck a hundred in the team's opener against Sri Lanka and will look to carry on that form here too. He has hit a purple patch and will be confident of doing well again.
Whenever India play, the focus will shift to Sachin Tendulkar, who has been on the threshold of his 100th international ton. The wait has been longer and has been over a year now.
With Bangladesh not considered as one of the tough opponents in world cricket, Tendulkar can find it easy against them. But as Banglades's Nasir Hossain said on the eve of the match, it takes one good ball.
"A good ball is a good ball for everyone irrespective of whether Tendulkar is playing it or not," Hossain said when asked about Tendulkar's 100th ton.
He said Bangladesh are looking to restrict India to less than 265 runs.
"We are confident about the next game against India and we are looking forward to do something good. It would be good game if we can restrict India within 260 to 265 runs on this wicket and I'm confident that's possible for us," he said.
On Tuesday, India came up with an all-round show. Batting and bowling departments worked in tandem to script an easy win against Sri Lanka.
Hosts Bangladesh showed enough fight against Pakistan before surrendering by 21 runs. They will aim to give an improved show for their fans.
India: MS Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Virat Kohli (vice-captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Manoj Tiwary, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Ashok Dinda.
Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Mahmudullah (vice-captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Nazimuddin, Jahurul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdur Razzak, Elias Sunny, Nazmul Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Shahadat Hossain, Anamul Haque.
Umpires: Ian Gould (England) and Paul Reiffel (Australia)
Third Umpire: Palliyaguruge (Sri Lanka)
Match Referee: David Boon (Australia)
Match starts at 1.30 PM IST
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