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Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes that Bangladesh are capable of beating India on Tuesday.
Pakistan failed to take down India in their highly-anticipated World Cup clash on June 16, but Akhtar feels that given the way Bangladesh have been playing in the tournament, they could stun India.
India lost their last match against England by 31 runs, while Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan by 62 runs in their most recent game.
“We must not forget that Bangladesh are also in with a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “They are eager to play in the semis and will give it their all against India. If they bat first and score a good total, India will be under a lot of pressure. I hope Bangladesh can do what Pakistan could not.
“Bangladesh have a very good side, with a good captain in Mashrafe Mortaza and players such as Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Mushfiqur Rahim. India will have to work really hard to beat Bangladesh.”
Akhtar noted that in order for India to win, they will have to bat first and “post a good total on the board”.
“India must bat first and post a good total on the board because by doing that, they can bring Bangladesh under pressure,” he said. “Also they have good spinners, like Kuldeep, Chahal and even Jadhav, to keep Bangladesh under check.
“I think India will be eager to set things straight after their defeat against England, but it won’t be easy for them.”
After Bangladesh play India, they will take on Pakistan, who must win that match and hope New Zealand beat England on Wednesday in order to advance to the semi-finals.