Defending champions India take on Bangladesh in the second ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-final on Thursday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The two-time World Cup champions have a had a great run in the tournament so far finishing top of Pool B recording six wins from six. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men blew away the competition in all of their group matches putting on a classy display with both bat and ball.
They came into this tournament as serious contenders and will be going into this match as the firm favourites due to them boasting world class bowlers in Mohammad Shami, Ravichandra Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as well as a batting line up that would strike fear into the hearts of any team with Dhoni, Virat Kohli (pictured) and Shikhar Dhawan among others. The Bangladeshi side have set a few records in this tournament, having progressed to the quarters of a World Cup for the first in their history with Mohammad Mahmudullah scoring the first ever World Cup ton by a Tiger among a few other milestones.
Mashrafe Mortaza and his team had a decent run through the group stages recording one of the shock victories of the tournament when they defeated England by 15 runs as well as recording victories over Scotland and Afghanistan to finish in the final qualifying position to advance into the knockout stages. The Tigers do not possesses the batting and bowling line up that the Indians do but they have proved that on the day the team that does the basics right can win the match. Chandika Hathurusingha’s charges have a good team with the likes of run machine Mahmuddulah and bowlers who can make a definite difference like Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain and Rubel Hossain just to name few.
These two teams have faced each other on 28 occasions in One Day Internationals with the Indians leading 24-3 with one no result. At cricket’s biggest event they have played twice with spoils shared by both teams. Despite the momentum being firmly in favour of the defending champions it will still be a good match up because in the knockout stages it is anyone’s game.