Both India and Bangladesh have exceeded their expectations in the tournament so far. India topped Pool B with six wins from as many games, extending their World Cup winning streak to 10. Their bowling unit is also in top-form at the moment, being the only side to bowl out their opposition in all six games so far.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, will be playing their first ever knock-out match in a World Cup. Their biggest moments in the group stages were the massive six-wicket victory against Scotland, chasing a target of 319, as well as defeating England by 15 runs, knocking the latter out of the tournament.
India and Bangladesh have played two matches in World Cups till date, in the 2007 and 2011 World Cups respectively. Bangladesh defeated India in the first encounter, knocking them out in the first round itself, before India defeated Bangladesh by 87 runs.
The MCG, the largest cricketing venue in the world, will be a challenge for batsmen to get runs along their way, especially when getting the boundaries along. The pitch has produced balanced contests between the bat and the ball. Though the India will enter the match as favourites, due to an in-form bowling unit as well as a strong batting order, they will underestimate Bangladesh at the peril, especially with a batting line-up that consists of the likes of Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, etc.
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