first_imgWhen India’s players get on the bus to Edgbaston for their Cricket World Cup match against Bangladesh, there’s one thing they can no longer take onboard: An unbeaten record.That should spur India on Tuesday, two days after a 31-run loss to England at the same venue, as it seeks again to join Australia in the semifinals.India was criticized for its slow run chase on Sunday, with MS Dhoni appearing unhurried until it was too late. It sparked claims that India was already thinking ahead to the semifinals by concentrating on its net run-rate and keen to avoid losing any more wickets. India captain Virat Kohli saw it in far simpler terms, saying England’s bowlers were hard to score against.India batting coach Sanjay Bangar defended Dhoni’s approach to the chase.”He was striking the ball really well,” Bangar said. “He had good intent. It’s just that the English bowlers stuck to their task really well.”That won’t placate the conspiracy theorists, who will note how desperate India wants to win on Tuesday in terms of its final four place. The semifinals next week are No. 1 vs. No. 4 at Old Trafford, and No 2 vs. No 3 at Edgbaston, which turns more.India has an outside chance of topping standings leader Australia. India, even if it wins its last two matches, is more likely to finish No. 2. But it still has a shot at finishing the group stage No. 1.”Even when the opposition win, there is an Indian element to it!”@sanjaymanjrekar was At The Nets to see how Bangladesh are shaping up ahead of their must-win clash against India.#CWC19 | #BANvIND pic.twitter.com/IoxxbHV5LfadvertisementCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 2, 2019WILL RAIN PLAY SPOILSPORT IN BIRMINGHAM?Chances of rain are minimal in Birmingham today with conditions likely to remain sunny throughout the match. Expect a full game at the Edgbaston cricket ground with the temperature hovering around 19 degrees Celsius, which will be perfect for the players. (accuweather.com) (accuweather.com)After losing to England, India expressed some concern over the short boundary at Edgbaston but Bangar wasn’t bothered, saying “it will be the same wicket and same ground for both teams.”Bangladesh has beaten India five times – admittedly in 34 matches – and once at the World Cup, so won’t be intimidated. Instead, it is highly motivated as it has an outside chance of advancing. It has a game in hand and will go level with fifth-placed Pakistan, one point behind England, if it beats India.Pakistan and Bangladesh meet in their last group game on Friday at Lord’s in a match which could potentially offer the winner a coveted last-four place.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India, Bangladesh renew fierce neighbourhood rivalry with semis spot on the lineAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Michael Vaughan takes a dig at Team India ahead of Bangladesh clashAlso Read | Bangladesh vs India, World Cup head-to-head: India’s short but storied rivalry with Bangladeshlast_img