IND vs BAN ODI series
Liton Das believes India won’t underestimate the hosts after an intense rivalry in recent years.

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Ahead of their three-game ODI series starting Sunday, Bangladesh interim captain Liton Das believes India won’t underestimate the hosts after an intense rivalry in recent years. India captain Rohit Sharma agrees with him.

The first one-day international is in Mirpur, with Liton leading Bangladesh in the absence of Tamim Iqbal, who is injured. Bangladesh won the last bilateral series 2-1 in 2015. Since then, it has lost five straight ODIs to India, with the last match at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

But that could be misleading. Bangladesh lost a close Twenty20 game to India in 2016, lost the Asia Cup final in 2018 despite a brilliant century by Liton and came close to winning when the two teams met in the T20 World Cup last month.

This time home conditions and the partisan crowd will be Bangladesh’s biggest strengths to snap the losing streak, Liton said.

“The two teams over the years played some competitive games, and I think India won’t rate us an underdog,” Liton said. “When we play at home, our goal is always to win the series, so there is no exception in this series. India is a better side and is bolstered by many world-class players. But anything can happen if we can come up with our best cricket.”

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