India Vs Bangladesh: ICC World Cup Match 40 Preview
After maintaining a winning streak in this World Cup, India finally lost their first game against England yesterday. Though it did not affect the standings much, however Bangladesh have to win all the matches to secure a spot in the top 4. The reason behind the same being, with England winning their last game, they jumped to the number 4 spot crossing Pakistan. While on the other hand, India is pretty comfortably standing in the No. 2 position just behind Australia and need a single win to book their spot in the semis.
- Match No.: 40
- Stadium: Edgbaston, England.
- Weather Forecast: Mostly sunny with 10% chance of raining.
- Time: 3 PM IST; 9:30 AM GMT
India Vs Bangladesh: A preview
With 5 wins (one washed out) out of 7 matches, India is one of the strongest contenders in the ICC World Cup 2019. While on the other hand, Bangladesh have only managed 3 wins out of 7 seven matches they have played so far in the competition.
There is no doubt that Bangladesh will not be an easy opponent against India in must-win game at Birmingham.. With stunning form of Shakib Al Hassan, Bangladesh does have a great chance to capitalize, if they win against India. However on the hand, Indian fast bowlers are having the best time of their careers.
Talking about India batting point of view, Captain Kohli is at his best form with an incredible average. On India’s last encounter against England, Virat became the fastest batman to score 11000 runs. Another talking point about India’s batting is about Rohit Sharma. Rohit did not perform well against West Indies and Afghanistan; both of them were a low scoring match. Thus Rohit’s Score matters a lot for Indian batting line-up. He has got 440 runs in this world cup with 3 incredible centuries. The most number of centuries by any batsmen till now in this world cup.
After a hamstring injury, Bhuveneshwar Kumar was out for a couple of matches, and as a replacement Mohammad Shami was taken into the squad. With a white ball in hand, Shami was back in the playing XI after ages. Nevertheless, with superb a hat-trick against Afghanistan he has now got 13 wickets only 3 matches. Not only that, Shami has got his first 5 wicket haul of his career in one of these 3 matches too.
Apart from these two contenders, Rishab Pant will most probably play his second game in this World Cup as No. 4 batsman in the Indian squad. However, there may be some probable changes in the Indian squad.
While talking about the Bangadeshi squad, Shakib Al Hassan is the player to watch out for. With 476 runs in the board, he is the leading run scorer in this squad. Not only that, Shakib is also the 3rd highest run getter in this World Cup. The team’s batting line is pretty competitive; however the blowing squad might be a concern for the side. In their last three games, they have conceded more than 320 run in all of them. Though the bowling side is not adjusting pretty well to the local conditions out there, Shakib Al Hassan is doing well with the bowl too. He has got a five wicket haul in this World cup against Afghanistan.
In a word, it can be said that if Bangladesh bowls well in this match, it will be a great contest to watch for all cricket lovers around the world. Though India will start this match as the favourites to win, however if Bangladesh manages to win this encounter, there will be a lot of changes in the standings and Pakistan might get out of the tournament. Thus Pakistan would be cheering for India in this encounter. If India wins, sure spot in smeifinal; if Bangladesh wins, they are still in the fight for the top 4.
The toss will be pretty important for the match and if there are no notable changes in the weather, both the teams will look to bat first and put and good score on the board. As chasing in Edgbaston becomes tough as we have seen a couple of instances earlier in this World Cup.
Here is the probable playing XI for both the teams.
India probable XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav/ Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah.
Bangladesh probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(WK), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Saifuddin, Hasan Miraz Mehidy, Mashrafe Mortaza and Mustafizur Rahman.