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India in Bangladesh, 2007


Bangladesh look to bounce back in the must win game

12 May 2007

Bangladesh is desperate to win the second ODI against India to stay alive in the three-match GrameenPhone ODI series. The match is scheduled to start today (Saturday) at 9:30 AM local time at the Mirpur Sher E Bangala National Stadium (SBNS), Dhaka.

The return of leading paceman Mahsrafe Mortaza is a timely boost for the hosts who came close to winnings the first ODI but eventually lost by five wickets.

 Bangladesh look to bounce back to stay alive in the series

Bangladesh look to bounce back to stay alive in the series © Cricinfo

Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar rued the missed opportunity to win the first ODI, but showed his optimism to win the second match to level the series.

"We have no option to stay in the series other than winning the second match tomorrow. We came close to winning the match on Thursday, but it is now over. We are confident and positive about winning the second match," said Bashar after the scheduled light practice session at the SBNS today.

"We just hope that we can get everyone fit tomorrow because the second match is very important for us as India took the lead in the series" said Bashar, who is also under tremendous pressure due his poor show with the bat.

"If you don't score, the pressure will be there. The best thing is to come back and score runs, the pressure won't be there," Bashar added.

However, Bangladesh suffered another setback as their leading spinner Abdur Razzak is doubtful for todays crunch game due to an untimely attack of flu.

The relieved Indians enjoyed their time off from cricket and passed the day with light training and swimming, as no practice was scheduled for the day. Indian wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth suffered severe cramp during Thursday's match, but both of them are expected to be fit for today's encounter.

Bangladesh (from): Habibul Bashar (captain), Mohammad Ashraful, Javed Omar, Tamim Iqbal, Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza, Syed Rasel, Abdur Razzak, Shahadat Hossain, Mohammad Rafique, Farhad Reza.

India (from): Rahul Dravid (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Mongia, Mahendra Dhoni, Dinesh Karthick, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar.

Umpires : Ashoka De Silva (Sri Lanka), Enamul Huq Moni (Bangladesh)

  • Khondaker Mirazur Rahman

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