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ICC T20 World Cup
ICC World Twenty20: Net Run Rate is a bigger worry for India than Bangladesh in today's game
After two straight losses Bangladesh find themselves at the exit door of the ICC World Twenty20 and face tough opponents in India today at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The hosts would like to beat Bangladesh convincingly to secure a place in the semi-final. But for India their Net Run Rate is a bigger worry.

Indian skipper MS Dhoni is expected to retain the same playing XI against Bangladesh on Wednesday for their third World T20 encounter in Group 2. After India's loss to New Zealand in their tournament opener last Tuesday, every game has become important for them. Dhoni understands that being complacent could cost them a place in the semi-final. 

India, with a Net Run Rate of -0.895 and just 2 points, are at the fourth place on the points table in Group 2, just above Bangladesh. India need to beat Bangladesh with a big margin to improve their NRR which is way lower than Australia and Pakistan.

The Mushrafe Mortaza-led Bangladesh team has improved a lot in the recent years. Their good showing against Australia on Monday showed the kind of talent they have. Australian batsmen looked scratchy against the Bangladeshi bowlers, despite the fact that their two most crucial bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny were suspended for suspect action. In the end Australia managed to win the match with much difficulty.

Barring Virat Kohli, Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, no other Indian batsman has looked convincing so far. The form of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are a major concern for India. Even Suresh Raina has not been able to justify his place in the batting order at number 4. Like in the game between Australia and Bangladesh on Wednesday, the pitch is expected to turn today as well. The contest on Wednesday is going to be between India's batting against Bangladesh's bowling.

The statistics also go in favour of the hosts, as Bangladesh have never beaten India ever in a T20 international, with head-to-head reading 4-0 in India's favour. The availability of Tamim Iqbal for today's match is also doubtful.  

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