Ashraful eyes coup

The Tigers stunned India in the 2007 ICC World Cup in the Caribbeans to plot an early exit of their neighbours from the quadrennial extravaganza and Ashraful said a repeat on Saturday could give them a Super Eights berth.

“Our first goal is the Super Eights but if we have a good start against India, it will give us the confidence of going far in the tournament,” Ashraful said.

Bangladesh, who are clubbed with India and Ireland with the top two teams from each group progressing to the Super Eight stage, had also beaten the West Indies in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007.

Ashraful was not unduly perturbed by the two defeats in as many days in the warm-up matches, first a 38-run loss to formidable Australia on Monday and then a six-wicket defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

“This is a format in which any side can beat the other. It’s not a lottery but everything depends on how a team plays on that particular day,” Ashraful said.

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