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ICC World Cup, 2007


Bangladesh plays Bermuda today to create history

25 March 2007

Bangladesh is on the verge of re-writing their world cup history and realizing their world cup dream when they will take Bermuda in their crucial Group B tie in Trinidad today. Bangladesh need to manage a win to reach the super 8 stages of world cup which they failed to achieve in their previous two world cup appearances. The match will start at 9:30 AM local time and 13:30 GMT.

World media and billions of cricket fans around the globe will be closely following today's match because a Bangladesh win can eventually put the last nail in the coffin of India's world cup mission. Bangladesh is clear favorite in today's match and considering present form it should not take much effort from the Tigers to seal the deal. However, this world cup is already full of upsets and anything can happen in cricket in any given day. Billions of Indian fans coupled with corporate houses who endorsed billion dollars for this world cup will be sweating today for an upset Bermuda win. If Bermuda can manage a win today that will be the biggest upset of the tournament and will effectively put India in the super 8 stage instead of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh aiming a professional display to outshine Bermuda.

Bangladesh aiming a professional display to outshine Bermuda. ? Cricinfo

Bangladesh camp has already made their intention clear and ready to outshine Bermuda with a professional display on the field. Bermuda suffered heavy defeats against both India and Sri Lanka in their group B encounters. Both India and Sri Lanka creamed Bermuda bowlers to create new world cup records in their respective matches. Bangladesh has played only one ODI against Bermuda prior to the world cup and comfortably defeated them by 8 wickets.

Keeping record and cricketing strength in mind, it's not Bermuda who is the true opposition of Bangladesh today, it's the pressure of the event. Bangladesh will be certainly under immense pressure to prevent any upset and progress to the second round which will be their biggest ever cricketing success.

Bermuda Captain Irvine Romaine promised a better show on the field. He and his amateur side is taking inspiration from Canada, a similar side who trounced Bangladesh in 2003 world cup. Most cricket pundits are finding current Bangladesh team as a much more advanced and disciplined side compared to 2003 world cup and is regarding Bermuda win as "highly unlikely".

Bangladesh comfortably defeated India in their tournament opener but suffered massive defeat in their second match against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has already progressed to the second round from Group B which was initially termed as "Group of Death".

Bangladesh is a bit concerned with a minor groin injury of left arm spinner Abdur Razzak and included Tapash Baisya in the 12 man squad as a backup. Bermuda?s South Africa born all-rounder Saleem Mukaddem may return to the playing XI. He was sidelined against India due to disciplinary reasons after an inspiring performance against Sri Lanka.


Bangladesh (from): Habibul Bashar (Captain), Shahriar Nafees, Tamim Iqbal, Aftab Ahmed, Saqibul Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim(wk), Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain, Tapash Baisya, Syed Rasel, Rajin Saleh, Javed Omar.

Bermuda (from) : Irvine Romaine (Captain), Delyone Borden, Lionel Cann , David Hemp, Kevin Hurdle, Malachi Jones, Stefan Kelly, Dwayne Leverock , Dean Minors (wk), Saleem Mukuddem , Steven Outerbridge, Oliver Pitcher, Clay Smith , Janeiro Tucker, Kwame Tucker (wk)

Umpires: Steve Davies and Ian Howell

  • Khondaker Mirazur Rahman

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