Not often do you see a team so admired before it has even played a single game in the One-Day International World Cup. At the Manuka Oval in Canberra, on Wednesday, almost everyone was egging them on as history was made.
An all-round performance from Shakib Al Hasan and a blazing half-century from Mushfiqur Rahim helped Bangladesh overcome initial lethargy to beat Afghanistan by 105 runs in their opening encounter in Canberra.
Almost by right, a World Cup ought to have a team deemed clear favourites to lift the trophy. In 2011, co-hosts India and Sri Lanka were the anointed ones, and they did meet in the final, with the former clinching their second title. In both 2003 and 2007, Australia were the obvious choice and they didn’t disappoint.
In all honesty, Bangladesh are highly unlikely to reach the quarter-finals of this year's World Cup despite having recognised players like Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan in their squad.
A five-wicket haul from Mohammad Irfan and a fighting unbeaten half-century from Sohaib Maqsood, helped Pakistan win a closely contested match against Bangladesh in their World Cup warm-up game in Sydney.