Time: 9:00 am IST
Date: 19th March
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
The second quarter final takes us to the MCG where defending champions India take on giant killers Bangladesh in an all Asian clash. Will India seek revenge for their 2007 oust or will the Tigers provide us with another encore performance?
Looking at India’s form in the recently concluded tri series in Australia, it would have been hard to predict the turnaround that was to follow. Winning all six group encounters in dominating fashion, the men in blue have been unbelievably eccentric in the world cup. Topping Group B and showing to the world why they will always remain favorites, Dhoni and Co are back in full swing. They are perhaps lucky to be facing the weakest link in the quarters, Bangladesh and they will look to continue playing positive cricket. Shikar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Ravi Ashwin have all contributed immensely to India’s success and they will once again play an important part in the battle up ahead.
The famous win in 2007 will always go down as one of Bangladesh’s greatest achievements. They were underdogs back then and delivered a breathtaking performance to kick India out of the tournament. Its almost 8 years now and the Tigers have matured for the better. They are now a highly competitive side and always give the ‘big guns’ a run for their money. Their win against England all but put an end to the doubts about their abilities and they will look for an encore performance against the defending champions. Bangladesh have been playing positive cricket and they owe it to stalwarts like Mahmadullah, Sakib and Rahim amongst others. The trio has been their most constant performers in recent past and enjoy a good outing against India as well. The return of captain Mortaza will also add fuel to their bowling line up and sets up what is going to be a spectacular encounter.
X Factor – Both sides heavily depend on Spin relief in the middle overs. Despite the world cup being played on a fast bowler’s surface, Spin has played a big hand in helping sides pick up wins. Ashvin, Jadeja and Sakib will be key players for their sides as both captains will look to get through the overs quickly in a less economical manner. The side that plays the turning ball better might just get the upper hand heading into this match up.
The ICC World Cup Match will be shown live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports HD 1, while the live-streaming will be available on Starsports.com in the sub-continent.
Those in the UK can see it live on Sky Sports 2 which has been telecasting as Sky Sports World Cup. For live streaming, they can access Sky Go.
Live Score: www.icc-cricket.com
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (capt, wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Sabbir Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Arafat Sunny, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed.