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Will Bangladesh repeat their heroics of 2007 to keep their campaign alive in 2019?

March 17, 2007: Bangladesh gate crash India's party

If one had to pick the best four Bangladesh cricketers of the generation thus far, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe Mortaza, without a shadow of doubt, would make that list for they have been the flag-bearers of Bangladesh cricket across the globe. It's quite a rarity that the best four players in the line-up click in unison and that too in a huge mega-event against one of the best teams around the time, India. As it happened in 2007 World Cup, India were expected to have a stroll against Bangladesh in their opening game in Trinidad, and after having chosen to bat, the stakes of India posting a mammoth total soared high.

Fast forward 25 overs into the game, Virender Sehwag, Robin Uthappa, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid - four of India's top five - were seen with glum faces inside the dressing room after suffering a top-order collapse thanks to a stunning spell of bowling from Mashrafe Mortaza. The lack of momentum at the top meant, India had to restrain certain instincts to post a respectable total. Only Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh managed to get past the 15-run mark as the rest of the batters crumbled around to end up with a below-par total of 191 on the board. Mortaza ended up with 4-38 off his 9.3 overs which also included 2 maidens while Mohammad Rafique and Abdur Razzak claimed three wickets apiece.

Chasing small totals can be tricky and that is when you want your best batsmen to show some application. Bangladesh did exactly that as Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan - all on World Cup debut - compiled fifties to take control of the anchor role at different stages of the game. Tamim managed a brisk fifty at the top while Shakib and Rahim engineered a gritty 84-run stand for the fourth wicket to shut doors of a possible comeback for India. Although India tried every available option to choke the run-chase, Bangladesh fought till the very end and came out trumps to create history in Port of Spain.

The victory triggered unforgettable celebrations in Bangladesh and despite a ban on public gatherings; the Asian country soaked in joy and is still regarded as one of their best moments in international cricket.

February 19, 2011: Sehwag shines as India exact sweet revenge

After the 2007 World Cup disappointment, India went into the 2011 edition with increased hopes and, of course, insurmountable pressure on their back. Bangladesh, hosting the World Cup for the first time, had a 1-0 advantage against India but little did they knew of what was to churn out in their first-ever World Cup game at home. Unlike 2007, India - with a top-order comprising Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gambhir and Kohli - were asked to bat first and the intentions of the visiting team were very crystal clear from ball one. Sehwag smashed the first ball of the tournament for a four and the carnage barely stopped as India amassed a massive 370 for 4 at the end of 50 overs. Virat Kohli, on his World Cup debut, notched up an 83-ball 100 whilst Sehwag knocked a swashbuckling 175 at the top.

The target appeared to be too tall for a relatively inexperienced batting line-up and apart from a blazing start by openers (Tamim and Kayes), Bangladesh had nothing going their way during the chase. All of their top five batters got starts, but none went onto replicate a Sehwag-like innings and therefore fell 87 short of the target. Indian fans leaped with joy after completing the redemption and although the game had very little context in terms of qualification to the next stage, the never-erasable wounds of 2007 had certainly faded.

March 19, 2015: Rohit Sharma sparkles as India end Bangladesh fun ride

If it was Sehwag in 2011, it was Rohit Sharma's turn to repeat the dose against Bangladesh having sealed the opening slot and made it his own with a string of freaky knocks at the top. Off all the games that India played Bangladesh in World Cups, they had never faced them in a knock-out game and with a semi-final slot at stake; both teams went in with huge expectations to grab some early advantage at the picturesque MCG in Melbourne. As it turned out, India did manage same early advantage by opting to bat and remaining unscathed for the first 16 overs of the game.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan stitched a 75-run stand for the opening wicket, but the latter's departure created a slight wobble as India lost their next two wickets (Kohli and Rahane) in quick succession. Rohit, however, stayed unfazed and in the company of Suresh Raina, the duo found boundaries at regular intervals and played a vital part in posting a 300-plus total in a high-pressure game. The chase, unfortunately for Bangladesh, never got going as only two batters - Sabbir Rahman and Nasir Hossain - managed to touch the 30-run mark, eventually succumbing to the ever-rising required run rate. Pacers Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami shared six wickets between them and helped India reach the semi-finals in style.

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