Asia Cup: Bangladesh's Mashrafe Mortaza is confident ahead of India clash

Last Updated: 26/02/14 11:06am

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Mashrafe Mortaza: Has no fear facing India

Mashrafe Mortaza: Has no fear facing India

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Bangladesh all-rounder Mashrafe Mortaza does not see the hosts as underdogs as they prepare to take on India in their opening Asia Cup match on Wednesday.

Bangladesh last beat India in an ODI in this same tournament in 2012 on their way to eventually being runners-up to Pakistan.

As well as taking confidence from that result, Bangladesh will also hope that India's recent 4-0 series defeat to New Zealand will still be bogging them down.

And despite their own series loss to Sri Lanka this month, Mortaza believes if the hosts play to their best, they can upset the world champions.

"We are playing at home where the support and conditions are known. If we can come up with our best cricket I think we can fight it out."
Mashrafe Mortaza

He said: "I don't count it as an upset if we win against India. We have done it before.

"They have been playing in different wickets in South Africa and New Zealand but do well in the sub-continent, and we know this well.

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"We are playing at home where the support and conditions are known. If we can come up with our best cricket I think we can fight it out.

"Everyone is excited, especially the younger players. They want to show something.

"We are playing at a major event, and I know that everyone is trying their best. If most of us perform, it is easier for us to win."

The Tigers will be without the influential Tamim Iqbal and Shakib-Al-Hasan, the first due to injury and the latter due to suspension, but Mortaza is still confident of doing well.

He added: "I think we have to perform together and stay as a team. On-field performance will definitely have an effect on our mentality so we have to do well out there.

"Everyone in the team has remained positive, and we will all try to support the team. Those two (Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal) are big players.

"We will miss them. But we have good players, from whom we can expect a good result."

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