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Jnr Tigers ready to roar against India

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 29 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Jnr Tigers ready to roar against India

Defending champions Bangladesh will be looking to demonstrate a fearless brand of cricket against India during their super league quarterfinal encounter of the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua today.

Although the junior Tigers disappointingly started the tournament by conceding a seven-wicket bashing against England, they fought back strongly in the tournament by clinching back-to-back victories against Canada and UAE to qualify for the super league last eight.

Meanwhile, India are unbeaten in the tournament so far after winning all their three group matches and they progressed to the next round as Group B champions.

Both the teams faced each other quite a few times in recent months and Bangladesh had won the majority of matches against India and also won a triangular series in Kolkata, India last month.

However, India had the last laugh against Bangladesh as they defeated the junior Tigers by 103 runs in the semifinal of the ACC U-19 Asia Cup in Sharjah, UAE and also won the tournament afterwards.

Both the teams enjoyed nearly one week break ahead of the match and Bangladesh skipper Rakibul Hasan claimed that they had a good preparation for the match and would try to play positive cricket against the neighbouring nation.

“We received a five to six days break before the quarterfinal. We have prepared well. We also had a match scenario practice. All of us are in good shape mentally and physically,” Rakibul said on Friday.

“We’re confident about our skill-set. We’ll try to execute our plans 100 percent in the field. We will play a fearless and positive game against them so that we can get a good result.

“We played against them in the Asia Cup semifinal and before that in India in a triangular series. We know about their strengths and weaknesses…We’re not worried about the result. We’ll try to play good cricket,” he added.

Bangladesh U-19 team can also take inspiration from their previous successful World Cup campaign in South Africa where they defeated India by three wickets to clinch their maiden world title in 2020.

The match is scheduled to start at 07:00pm (BST) and will be telecast live on GTV.