Mirpur: To bring their campaign back on track, Bangladesh is set to lock horns against Ireland in Group B match of Cricket World Cup on Friday at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Four years ago, Ireland had defeated Bangladesh by 74 runs in the Super Eights stage of the 2007 World Cup in West Indies.

Bangladesh will be fully aware that another slip-up will make it difficult for them to reach the knock-out stage as they have to defeat Ireland and the Netherlands, and one of the sides from England, South Africa and the West Indies.

Although they lost against India, Bangladesh didn't bat badly, chasing a mammoth 370 as Shakib's men posted 283 for nine in 50 overs.

Friday’s match is likely to see the return of former skipper Mohammad Ashraful which will lend solidarity to the middle order.
Wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim has already made the team's intention clear saying they would settle for nothing less than a win.

"No one likes to lose, so yes, we want to beat them and take revenge. Ireland are a good team but we will try to spoil their party and make sure that it is not the other way around," said Rahim.

Ireland, too, have made massive strides in international cricket since their giant-killing act in the previous World Cup, where they knocked out Pakistan in the first round, before beating Bangladesh in the super eight.

"The way we are playing right now, we'll be confident going into the match on Friday. The conditions here might be different from what we are used to, but not necessarily a difficult one," said Ireland captain William Porterfield.

"We played pretty well in the last couple of warm-up games, picked up the momentum, and we will be feeling pretty
confident," he added.

(Agencies)