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India will take on Bangladesh in the second quarter final clash of the 2015 ICC World Cup at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.
Where to watch live
The match starts at 3:30am GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for live streaming link.
India made it to the quarter final very early in the tournament and became the second team, after New Zealand to make it to the last eight stage. The reigning champions are looking to defend the title in this edition of the World Cup.
MS Dhoni's side finished Group B on top by winning all six matches and also bowling out their opposition. India have taken 60 wickets after six matches, a feat no team has achieved in this tournament.
When they take on their neighbours at MCG, India will be looking to pick another 10 more wickets to extend their recent form and make it to the quarter finals. Opening batsman Rohit Sharma has struggled with the bat throughout the group stages.
A good start from him and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan will play a vital role at the top in helping India get off to flyer. Mohammed Shami is India's leading wicket taker and he will once again have the responsibility to lead his side's bowling attack.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh have made it to the knockout stage of the World Cup for the first time in history. They achieved this feat after not only defeating England, but also sending the Three Lions back home following the group stage.
The Tigers finished fourth on the table with seven points from six games as their group stage clash against Australia was washed out due to bad weather. Mahmudullah became the first batsman to score a century in the World Cup for Bangladesh.
He continued his fine form in the last match against New Zealand and he will be a massive threat with the bat during the quarter final clash. Their skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was rested during their defeat at the hands of the Black Caps and he would return to lead his side on Thursday.
India to win
Betting odds (888Sport.com)
- India to win: 3/19
- Bangladesh to win: 17/4
What they say:
Chandika Hathurusingha (Bangladesh coach): "See, we can't plan anything for weather and I don't think the wicket is going to spin that much, it is too early to say. Catching the established sides off guard... if they have an ordinary day and if we play to our potential we can beat any side."
MS Dhoni (India captain): "When you take the big score and break it into small targets and you keep achieving those targets, it gives you confidence. Also a factor, who is bowling well, who can you target? It sounds really complicated, but more often than not when you are in those situations it's the subconscious that is working."
Possible XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma.
Possible XI: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Sabbir Rahman, Mominul Haque, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain.