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HindustanTimes Fri,31 Oct 2014
World T20: Team India prepare for battle amidst trouble
HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Mirpur, March 28, 2014
First Published: 01:07 IST(28/3/2014)
Last Updated: 01:10 IST(28/3/2014)

Friday's second match of the World T20 at the Sher-e Bangla National stadium pitches two teams facing turmoil off the field. The Supreme Court recommendations can have a huge bearing on the India team's morale — especially CSK and RR players who constitute seven key cricketers, including skipper MS Dhoni, in the squad — as they bid for the title.

India's saving grace is that they have won both their matches so far and are eyeing a semifinal berth for the first time since the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2007.

Bangladesh, on the other hand, go into the match with consecutive losses to Hong Kong and the West Indies. The humiliating 73-run loss to Darren Sammy's boys has not gone down well with the Bangladesh Cricket Board. It is learnt that the players had attended former skipper and teammate Shakib Al Hasan's birthday party till late in the night before their match against the West Indies and that had a bearing on the team's poor show on the field the following evening. BCB president Nazmul Hassan had met the players on Wednesday and threatened drastic changes in the team and management if they failed to get their act together.

But Bangladesh will take heart from the fact that they have troubled India in the past and had defeated them in the 2012 Asia Cup here. "Bangladesh have troubled us before. But we'll have the same approach we had in the last two games. We want to keep things simple. We know what we need to do to win this game. I'm sure individuals are working on whatever areas they need. We're going to treat this as another game. The approach won't change. Obviously the crowd will get behind them. We have to be at our best to win," Rohit Sharma said on Thursday.

"This is our best chance, first to qualify for the semifinals. We're not looking too far ahead. Tomorrow's game will be crucial. We want to make sure we win and take things from there. There's still a long way. We'll get three days off after tomorrow and plan accordingly," the opener added.

Facing a barrage questions from the local media, Bangladesh medium-pacer Mashrafe Mortaza only harped on trying to play good cricket. "We have not played good cricket in the last two matches and unless we do that we can't think of winning. So, our prime target on Friday will be to play good cricket," said Mashrafe, who was man of the match in the win over India in the 2007 50-over World Cup.


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