Lara maintains standards

Brian Lara

Brian Lara is under no illusions over the threat of Bangladesh going into Wednesday's game

West Indies can confirm their place in the main draw of the ICC Champions Trophy with victory over Bangladesh in Jaipur on Wednesday.

The Windies thrashed Zimbabwe by nine wickets on Sunday and would advance as one of two qualifiers with a similar result at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

Despite their fine performance at the weekend, captain Brian Lara is refusing to get carried away.

“Complacency is way out of our mind and it’s important to set the standards,” he said.

“Bangladesh are a very competitive team. They have beaten Australia. That shows they have the ability to play.”

To overcome the Asian side, West Indies are going to have to put together a strong performance with bat and ball, according to Lara.

“Contributions from everyone are more important than individual performances,” he said.

“We have players like (Shivnarine) Chanderpaul, (Chris) Gayle and (Ramnaresh) Sarwan and it’s important that everyone contributes.”

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Shivnarine Chanderpaul remains a key member of the top order © Getty Images

West Indies have fitness worries, however. Dwayne Smith and Runako Morton are struggling with flu and Sarwan has a sinus infection.

"Sarwan and Morton are both recovering well, while Smith is receiving medication and treatment," Lara said.

Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar is urging his team to play smarter cricket against the Windies than they did in Saturday’s 37-run defeat to Sri Lanka.

Bashar, who made a duck in the weekend setback, was left to rue his side’s lack of runs at the top of the order, Saqibul’s Hasan’s unbeaten 69 the notable exception.

“One of the top batsmen at least will have to score runs,” Bashar said.

“(Mohammad) Ashraful I am sure will come back well (after scoring 18). As for young Saqibul, we hope he will continue in the same manner with runs.

“We didn’t get enough twos and singles and lost wickets too regularly.”

Bangladesh have failed to beat West Indies in 11 one-day internationals and go into the match knowing a win is vital to their hopes of progressing.

But Bashar remains confident his side have the talent to spring a surprise.

“I honestly believe that we have the ability to win a limited-overs international against any team on any given day,” he said.

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