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T20 Cricket World Cup: Semi finals possible for Bangladesh

| 15.09.2012

Bangladesh have proven in the past an ability to win a one-off cricket game with any opposition, but producing any level of consistency has proved a major thorn in their side.

However, the T20 World Cup arguably plays to their strengths more than longer formats of the game, while Sri Lankan conditions will largely feel like a home from home.

Therefore, 11/8 is not the worst price going that they can escape from Group D at the start of the tournament and qualify for the second group phase.

To do so, they will have to beat one of New Zealand or Pakistan and their three left-arm spinners will be critical to any good performances.

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Bangladesh lack a true quality seamer, but in Shakib Al Hasan, Abdur Razzak, and Elias Sunny, this trio are capable of taking wickets and keeping things tight.

Sunny has an economy of less than a run a ball and an average of 12.22, although these figures have to be read with a pinch of salt as they have been against other lesser nations.

Meanwhile, Razzak has been among the wickets in Bangladesh’s last six T20 fixtures and has the added certainty of bowling out his four-over allocation.

Razzak is the 3/1 to be Bangladesh’s top wicket taker in the T20 World Cup.

With the bat, much of Bangladesh’s chances hinge solely on the contributions of the aforementioned Shafik and free-hitting opener Tamim Iqbal.

Iqbal is liable to either score a 50 or get out in the first over so is the riskier option to be the Bangladesh top runscorer at 7/2, with Shakib more steady in holding together the middle order.

He is also 7/2 in this market.

If things do go well for Bangladesh, 11/1 could prove big value that they suffer their World Cup exit in the semi finals.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.