Ind vs Ban: MS Dhoni's boys ready to come out all guns blazing against Bangladesh

Mar 28 2014, 19:19 IST
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On paper, it will be a 'David versus Goliath' contest as Bangladesh are no match for an Indian team who are now being considered as serious contenders for the title. On paper, it will be a 'David versus Goliath' contest as Bangladesh are no match for an Indian team who are now being considered as serious contenders for the title.
SummaryOn paper, it will be a 'David versus Goliath' contest as Bangladesh are no match for an Indian team who are now being considered as serious contenders for the title.

could pose a real threat for this Indian team.

The best part about India's performance so far has been their bowling Ė especially their spinners. Leg spinner Amit Mishra with two man-of-the-match awards has shown that he can prove to be more than a handful on conditions where there is a little bit more help for the spinners.

Mishra has not been afraid to flight the deliveries and varied his length. He has bowled the leg-break well and surprised the batsmen with occasional googly.

Ravichandran Ashwin may not have set the stage on fire but his 'leg-theory' (coming round the wicket to right handers and firing it on leg-stump) has been effective so far.

Jadeja as the third specialist spinner has been among wickets although Lendl Simons scored a few runs during the final over of the innings, in the last match.

However Jadeja and Ashwin batting at Nos 7 and 8, give Dhoni the required balance and option to tinker the batting slots of his top order.

Indian pacers have also done a decent job so far. With the ball seaming around a bit, the conditions have been ideal for Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he bowled a brilliant spell first up against the West Indies. It was a phenomenal effort as he bowled 16 dot balls against Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith.

Mohammed Shami has gone for a few runs but has looked good in patches.

The only interesting aspect will be whether India will be looking to promote Suresh Raina up the order at No 4 in place of Yuvraj. Raina is in good form and probably will be able to "express himself better" (a term that Dhoni commonly uses) than Yuvraj in current scanerio.

For Bangladesh, the campaign has gone haywire since their loss to Hong Kong in Chittagong in the qualifying phase. The batsmen haven't been able to score runs and the fielding had been awful at times. In such a situation, it becomes all the more difficult for a team to just go ahead and compete.

"We should play competitive cricket. We want to improve and come up with good fight against big teams. But for that we need a good start with bat and ball," Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim had said after the West Indies match.

Opener Tamim Iqbal has played some good knocks against India in the ODIs but has looked completely out-of-sync in the last few games.

Skipper Rahim has been getting starts but

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