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Cricket news - Bangladesh look to keep distractions at bay for must-win clash

There were concerns over Mahmudullah's fitness but he seemed fine while practising in the nets on Monday

There's a bubbling sentiment that the rivalry between India and Bangladesh is getting up there, with other big ones, in international cricket. It's a new-age one, possibly spurred on by the internet, and many a close finish in recent times. Social media is also something that Mashrafe Mortaza wants his players to stay away from. "It is better to stay away from outside pressure," he says.

It leads to a question where he's asked if Bangladesh's inability to get on the better side of the results against India, is a matter of the mind.

"No, I don't think it's psychological. It's all about skill," he says. The pressure on the players, he feels, will be dictated by game situations more than anything else. "Look, every time we played, we want to beat, but India was mostly, in the last few World Cups, was the better side, and this team is a very, very strong side as well," he says in a candid assessment.

Bangladesh have had a very good campaign so far, led by contributions from almost every senior player and some stunning performances by the newer generation. They're in with a sniff still to topple a few other teams and make it to the semi-final. Perhaps importantly, ahead of such a big game, they've had a seven-day break which could come as a boon in a tournament such as the World Cup. They've had a couple of sessions of practice, even one on the sidelines of the India-England game, and are happy about it.

On the other end of the spectrum is India who will come into the game with just a day's break after their setback against England. But they will have an advantage of better knowledge of the conditions than their opponents.

When: July 2, 2019, at 10:30 AM Local Time

Where: Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham

What to expect: The weather conditions are predicted to stay fine through the game. The pitch and boundary size, which was highlighted by Virat Kohli, could be a factor again. The pitch is going to be the same one that was used for the England game. And if that two-paced track was any indication, expect the cutters from fast bowlers to come into play once again.

Team News

India: With Vijay Shankar ruled out of the tournament, India are likely to continue with the same combination that played against England.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Bangladesh: Mahmudullah's fitness which was a matter of concern before Bangladesh's break but has had some practice ahead of the game, which should ease their nerves.

Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman

What they said:

"Shakib doing what he can do - batting, bowling, fielding, everything that he can do. To me, he has been the best performer in this World Cup. I hope he can keep doing what he has been doing and end up well" - Mashrafe Mortaza

"It's a fresh game. It's going to be on the same track, so we have a bit of an idea of how the track will behave and how the dimensions of the ground are. So we'll try and maximize them" - Sanjay Bangar

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