Team confident of good showing against India, says Shakib

Mirpur, Feb 18 (PTI) Expectations might be high onBangladesh to repeat their 2007 feat, but captain Shakib AlHasan today said his team was not feeling any undue pressureand is confident of doing well against India in the tournamentopener.

Tomorrow''s match assumes great significance for both thecountries as Bangladesh was the team that knocked India out ofthe 2007 Caribbean World Cup with a stunning five-wicket winin the first round.

Shakib said Bangladesh presently is in a good shape andconsistency is something that they would be looking for in thetournament.

"Our bowlers are in good form, the batsmen have beendoing their job and our fielding has improved a lot," Shakibsaid during a pre-match media conference at the Sher-e-Banglastadium.

"This tournament is not only about playing India. We havesix league matches to play and we have to perform in all ofthem. If we get our basics right, we will do well," he said.

Even though India are the overwhelming favourites to winthe fixture, having won 20 out of their 22 ODIs againstBangladesh, Shakib inisted pressure is the last thing on theirminds going into tomorrow''s match.

"The guys have played enough cricket to cope with thepressure. We are not looking too far ahead. We will take itone game at a time and concentrate on the job at hand," theBangladeshi skipper said.

Shakib said a tough opening encounter against co-hostsIndia is good for the Bangladesh team, who have lost just oneof their last 10 ODIs at home.

"I don''t think it can get better than this. Playing astrong side like India has its advantages. We want to proveourselves against the best," he said.

Conceded that toss will play a vital role in tomorrow''sday-night affair because of the late evening dew, Shakib saidBangladesh cannot afford to bank only on spinners againstIndia.

"If there is no dew, conditions will be good for battingtill the end," he said.

"We can''t rely only on spin, because teams from thesub-continent usually play spin quite well," he added.

Shakib also said that Bangladesh will badly miss formercaptain and pace spearhead Mashrafe Mortaza, who was ruled outof the tournament due to a recurring knee injury.

"He (Mortaza) has been a great performer for us over thepast few years," he said.

"But this current side has been playing well over sometime now and we have a very settled combination," the skipperquipped.

India and Bangladesh have been drawn alongside England,the West Indies, South Africa, Ireland and the Netherlands inGroup B with the top four teams progressing to thequarter-finals.

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