Bangalore - India skipper Mahendra Singh
Dhoni urged his big-hitters to improve their run rate dramatically against
Bangladesh on Wednesday or face the prospect of a humiliating early exit from
the World Twenty20 on home soil.
The hosts are precariously placed in fourth
spot of Group Two after one defeat and one win. They desperately need a big
victory to strengthen their bid for a semi-finals berth.
India's six-wicket victory over arch-rivals
Pakistan on Saturday will have boosted their confidence after a shock 47-run
defeat to New Zealand in their opening group match.
But Dhoni said India, who were firm
favourites at the start of the tournament to lift a second World T20 title,
needed to improve to qualify from a tough group that also includes Australia.
"I still feel there is still scope for
improvement and in the coming two games that will be our priority," said
New Zealand top the group on four points
after two wins while Pakistan, Australia and India all have two points. However
India's run rate, which could determine who qualifies, is considerably worse
than their rivals.
"In the first game our run rate went
down. So it's not only about winning but you have to take care of the run-rate
at some point," added Dhoni.
The hosts are seeking to become the first
country to win the World T20 title twice, after clinching the crown in 2007,
and also the first to win at home.
Bangladesh, by comparison, will be
desperate for a win after two straight losses, the latest to Australia by three
wickets on Monday.
Sitting at the bottom of Group Two after
also losing to Pakistan, the Tigers have almost no chance of advancing to the
semi-finals, but skipper Mashrafe Mortaza vowed to battle on.
"We will keep fighting. We still have
two matches to fight hard," he said.
The Tigers were left reeling after the
ICC's decision at the weekend to suspend their top bowlers Arafat Sunny and
Taskin Ahmed for illegal actions, forcing them to rush in replacements from
There are also question marks over star
batsman Tamim Iqbal who is unwell and did not play against Australia.
India (from): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain and wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh.
Bangladesh (from): Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Shakib Al Hasan, Abu Hider, Al-Amin Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wicketkeeper), Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Shuvagata Hom, Saqlain Sajib