India are under more pressure than us: Mashrafe

Solenn Plantier
Juin 15, 2017

"In World Cups, you have fresh wickets, and these can vary from ground to ground". The first two games may all have been about Tamim and Mushfiqur, but by the end of the group stages almost all of our players had clicked into gear. I think the team is much more important than my 300th game.

"Credit goes to Sarfraz and the way he led the team, we kept taking wickets and kept the run-rate in check".

It wasn't just the 2015 game, though, that caused heartache among mostly Bangladeshi fans for perceived umpiring errors. "We knew that we were going to play on a used wicket at some stage in this tournament, and certainly we found out the other day that today was going to be on a used wicket", Morgan said after the match on Wednesday. So India and Bangladesh will clash again, and the Tigers are not pushovers notwithstanding the drubbing they got at the hands of Indian in an earlier match.

"Not necessarily (that it has to be a grudge match)! It could have been anyone", said Mortaza. So I don't have to think that since it's India, it's a grudge match.

"They have cricketers who are skilled, who are committed to play for Bangladesh and play with a lot of passion, and they're really keen to win a lot of games at this level, and that shows in their attitude", the Indian skipper added. We have obviously forgotten it.

"You could argue about the luck if we would have played badly". It happens sometimes in cricket, but we've forgotten about it. "It has been 24 months and exactly like what Virat had said, tomorrow is going to be a new match".

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Virat Kohli's side are looking to retain the trophy having defeated England in the final at Edgbaston four years ago and they return to the same venue aiming to get one over on their neighbours and set up a meeting with another familiar foe. Bangladesh have taken huge strides. Mortaza appeared pleased with the compliment. We are trying to improve ourselves a lot. "Pakistan bowled well but we didn't manage to adjust with the bat". "Shukar haye aapney bola semifinal accha hai".

Not only India, Bangladesh has lost a lot of strong teams in the country and overseas, in the last two years, they are now a team that has changed now.

The mass hysteria associated with Bangladesh's semifinal qualification is something that Hathurusingha is well aware of and that's the reason his outsiders (not being a Bangladeshi) perspective can work as a calming influence for his team amidst the unimaginable media frenzy.

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