After staying undefeated in the Pool stage, The Men in Blue will look to carry on the momentum in their knockout clash against Bangladesh on March 19th at MCG. On the other hand, Bangladesh come into the quarters with nothing to lose and if they manage to beat India, it will be a major point in the history of Bangladesh cricket. MS Dhoni’s boys won’t take their opponents lightly and on the other hand, the Bangladeshi boys would feel that they have nothing to lose and would go all out to secure a victory. Let us take a look at the stats preview of this quarter-final clash between both of them: 

–> This will be the third time India and Bangladesh will face-off in World Cup. In the first encounter in the 2007 World Cup, Bangladesh won by 5 wickets and in the second one in 2011 World Cup, India beat them by 87 runs. 

–> Bangladesh will play their first knock-out match in a top-flight tournament. India, on the other hand, will play their 10th under MS Dhoni’s captaincy. Dhoni, with eight wins from nine matches (Champions Trophy, World T20, World Cup) is level with Ricky Ponting, whose eight wins came from 11 games. 

–> 3-1 India’s win-loss record against Bangladesh in ODIs between the two teams since the last World Cup. All these matches were played in Bangladesh. Three of these 4 games between the two sides were won by the team batting second- two by India and one by Bangladesh. 

–> 797 Runs scored by India’s top three batsman in the World Cup so far, thanks mainly to Shikhar Dhawan (337 runs at 56.16) and Virat Kohli (301 runs at 75.25). It’s the second most among all teams with Sri Lanka leading the list with 1200 runs. India’s top three have scored these runs at a combined average of 53.13

–> 839 Runs scored by Bangladesh’s middle-order(Nos. 4 to 7) in the tournament, the third most by any team. They’ve averaged 52.43 at a strike rate of 98.35, thanks to Mahmudullah’s 344 runs in five innings.  

–> 35 Wickets for India’s pacers as compared to Bangladesh’s pacers, who have 19 wickets. Fifteen of the 35 wickets for India have come from Mohammad Shami, who is also the second highest wicket-taker in this tournament. 

.–> Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah has scored 344 runs from five games in this World Cup, more than anyone from India. 

–> None of the Indian batsmen in this squad have scored a hundred in ICC tournament knockout game. 

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