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Ravi Shastri gives Bangladesh success mantra for India clash

Shastri said, "I think no teams take Bangladesh lightly anymore.”

Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri. (Photo by Yogen Shah/India Today Group/Getty Images)

Bangladesh is taking on the Men in Blue in the second semi-final fixture of CT 2017. With the backing of an incredible victory against the Kiwis, the Tigers will look to seal their maiden finals qualification in an ICC tournament. The two proven performers of the team, Shakib Al Hasan, and Tamim Iqbal need to step up to the occasion and do something extraordinary, to guide Bangladesh into the penultimate phase of the competition.

The pace department comprising of Taskin Ahmed, Mashrafe Mortaza, and Mustafizur Rahman put up a lethal performance against the Black Caps and is expected to give a tough time to the Indian batsmen. Bangladesh were at their all-round best in the last fixture and an encore can put them one step closer to the title. The Tigers will attempt to fulfil their vengeance of their defeat against India in the World T20 last year.

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Not surprised to see Bangladesh in semis

The former director of the Indian team, Ravi Shastri was quoted as saying, “I am not surprised. I think they really deserve it. They played good cricket, and this is the ultimate result of their hard work. I have been watching Bangladesh cricket closely for some time. I think no teams take Bangladesh lightly anymore.”

“Specially I believe two players Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan have to perform. I know there are so many good performers in Bangladesh team other than these two — Soumya, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur and many more. But the game will mainly rely on the performance of Shakib and Tamim. These two players have to take the competition to the opposition’s quarter,” Shastri said.

The Indian batting order has been extremely clinical scoring the much-needed runs by virtue of successful partnerships. The bowling unit looks tight as well with the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, and Jasprit Bumrah. India are one of the favourites to win the tournament and have a great chance of defending their title if the team performs to their true potential.

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