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    WC 2015 QUARTER FINALS: India holds all the cards

    March 19, 2015

    M.S. Dhoni knows what it feels like to lose to Bangladesh better than anyone. He was there in 2004, playing only his second match, when India crashed to defeat at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. He was there in Trinidad in 2007, when India was embarrassed and sent sliding out of the World Cup. He was there again in 2012, looking helpless as his bowlers failed to defend 289 in Dhaka, when the din around Tendulkar’s hundredth 100 could not drown out the shrill noise of failure.

    India has only ever lost three one-day matches to its eastern neighbour; the same man has kept wicket on all three occasions.

     

    It is a feeling Dhoni will not want to taste again. To him and India, Thursday’s World Cup quarterfinal here must seem like a thankless task: defeat would be humiliation before the world; victory would be met with a shrug for it is no more than is expected.

     

    But that will not matter to Dhoni. His team will need no greater reward than a place in the semifinals, a step closer to the ultimate prize. Having won six out six, without the batting ever hitting top gear, India has nothing to fear.

     

    The simple truth is that if India plays its best cricket, Bangladesh should be comfortably beaten. Whatever the nature of the pitch — Mashrafe Mortaza reckoned it would be flat, having played Sri Lanka on the same surface — Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav should hassle their opponents with the new ball, The Hindu reported.

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