India wary of unpredictable Bangladesh

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, March 16, 2007 (AFP) – India are determined to avoid a Kiwi headache when they clash with Bangladesh in their opening World Cup match at the Queen’s Park Oval here on Saturday. “If the boys are able to keep their focus and set about their task, and control what they can control, then we will be okay,” he said. New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming conceded that Bangladesh had given them a “great, big headache” after his team’s surprise two-wicket defeat in a warm-up game at Bridgetown last week.

Following their shock victory, Bangladesh have emerged serious challengers to the sport’s big teams and neither India nor Sri Lanka can now afford to take Habibul Bashar’s side lightly.

India may have won 13 of their 14 one-dayers against Bangladesh, but skipper Rahul Dravid has already said he expects each member of his team to be “switched on” for the crucial opening game in Group B.

Bangladesh’s lone victory over India came at Dhaka in 2004.

“I expect the team to put up a very professional performance, irrespective of who we play against. We respect Bangladesh and we have seen what they have done against New Zealand,” he said.

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