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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Twenty20 World Cup – India begin title defense against unpredictable Bangladesh at Trent Bridge

World twenty20 champions India will start their world twenty20 campaign against dangerous floaters Bangladesh. India are placed in a group that many people are calling a cake-walk for the Indians in the Supers Eight stage with Ireland and Bangladesh are in their group.

However Indian team not forgotten 2007 (50 over) World Cup played in West Indies where they loss to Bangladesh and eventually thrown out of the competition very early. They might be world champions in twenty20 but they can’t take this game lightly specially against Bangladesh. In the last twenty20 world cup they have beaten West Indies quite easily in their opening game to march into the Super Eight stage.

Indian team will be once again play without their star Sehwag and Zaheer Khan. Both are suffering from shoulder injuries. Both players missed the warm-up matches against New Zealand and Pakistan and is likely to sit in the game against Bangladesh too.

Zaheer picked up the injury while playing for Mumbai Indians in the early part of the IPL in South Africa while Sehwag was injured after landing in England. Although Zaheer Khan started to bowl in the nets but Indian think management would not like to take risk by playing him in this game.

That means Rohit Sharma will open the innings with Gautam Gambhir. In two warm-up games Rohit Sharma didn't let his captain down and scored a brilliant 80 off 53 balls to script an emphatic win over arch-rivals Pakistan.

However they have few worries as their bowlers struggle to save runs in the depth overs. In the first warm-up games they have given away 41 runs in the last four overs while in the game against Pakistan they have conceded 44 runs in the last four.

Bangladesh has shown some brilliance against weaker side in the warm-up games but against tough opponents their batting and bowling both looked vulnerable.

Watch out For

Md. Ashraful: A most talented Bangladeshi batsman. In the last world cup he showed his brilliance against West Indies in the opening game so he might be one of the dangerous batsman Indians would like to get him out as early as possible.

Rohit Sharma: He continues his good show from IPL to twenty20 in England. In the two warm-up games he showed his class and power hitting ability. 53-ball 80 runs against Pakistan was a perfect opener's innings in a Twenty20 chase.

Pitch & Conditions

The pitch at Trent Bridge has always produced a high scoring game and we have already witnessed it in the warm-up games played here. Team batting first will eye score of 180 plus on this beautiful batting wickets. Rain is expected to hit the game.

Team News

Zaheer Khan has started to bowl in the nets but India will not take chance that means he will miss the opening game against Bangladesh. Virendra Sehwag who missed the warm-up games is yet to recover from his shoulder injury and he is also likely to miss the game. In Zaheer's absence, the pace attack will revolve around Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar/Irfan Pathan and R.P. Singh and will be backed by spinners Harbhajan Singh.

On the other hand Bangladesh is likely to play with three seamers because of overcast condition. That means M.Mortaza, Rubel Hossain and Syed Rasel is certain for this game.

Likely Playing XII for both teams (Match is schedule to begin at 22:30 PM India Time on 6th Of June)

India Squad: Rohit Sharma, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (Captain & Wicketkeeper), Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Irfan Pathan or Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, RP Singh.

Bangladesh Squad: Tamim Iqbal, Junaid Siddique, Mohammad Ashraful (Capttain), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Raqibul Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Syed Rasel.

Stats & Trivia

Bangladesh is the only test team that doesn’t play domestic twenty20 cricket.

For the first time in twnty20 cricket these two teams will be seen in the field playing against each other.

New Zealand vs Scotland - New Zealand beat Scotland by 7 Wickets

Chasing a mammoth total of 90 runs for victory in rain reduced 7 over game, New Zealand achieve the target quite comfortable in 6 overs with loss of just three wickets. Jessy Ryde played a big role in New Zealand run chase with his blistering knock of 31 runs of just 12 deliveries.

Ross Taylor (21 runs of 10 balls) and B.McCullum (18 runs of 7 balls) also contributed well in New Zealand run chase.

Earlier New Zealand acting captain B.McCullum won the toss and put Scotland into bat in a rain reduced game. Scotland responded well and made 89/4 in their seven overs. Scotland top three batsman played well to get the team total close to 90 runs mark in 7 overs. R.Watson (27 runs of 10 balls), N.Poonia (27 runs of 15 balls) and K.Coetzer (33 runs of 15 balls) were major contributer for Scotland.

West Indies Vs Australia

Mighty Australians after Symonds controversy must be aiming to start their world cup campaign on winning note as they will take on West Indies at Oval. The game will start from 18:30 PM India time.


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