A side that hasn’t played in more than a week against a side that is playing its second match in three days. A side that is very much dependent on other results for a semi-final berth versus a side that is virtually assured of a top-four finish. Bangladesh vs India in the 2019 ICC World Cup (WC) couldn’t be more contrasting.
The heartburn over India’s loss to England that complicated their knockout chances aside, Bangladesh have a score to settle with India. Forget a H2H record that reads 29-5 in favour of India: recent games including the 2015 WC encounter and the Asia Cup final have been closely fought, although Bangladesh came up short on both occasions.
It is now between Pakistan and Bangladesh to topple England for a top-four spot in this WC. Two wins in their last three matches and an impressive fight in that loss to Australia should give confidence to the ‘Tigers’. Regardless, history is against Bangladesh, as they have won consecutive WC ODIs only twice before. Tellingly, both of those involved at least one associate nation.
The loss to England stripped India of their unbeaten status, although they are still in charge of their destiny. However, captain Virat Kohli will be worried about a number of issues that have started to surface. An opening duo that is slow to start off the blocks and a middle-order that is struggling to get bat on ball – England’s loss highlighted the soft underbelly that Bangladesh can easily target.
SRs of 91.26, 80.80 and 69.07 for MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Rahul, respectively, tells the story of their struggles. The addition of Rishabh Pant (32 off 29) gave some momentum against England, while Hardik Pandya (SR 140.60) continues to show the power in his wiry frame. Regardless, India look to be a side missing a couple of pieces in their jigsaw puzzle.
Probable Playing XI
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Mustafizur Rahman.
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
BAN vs IND – Players to watch out for
Over his last nine ODIs, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan has scored 616 runs (Avg. 102.66, SR 98.24) and has seven 50+ scores with 29 his lowest.
India’s Rohit Sharma has scores of 123, 83& 48 (latest) in his last three ODIs against Bangladesh, to go with the match-winning 137 in the 2015 WC.
Bangladesh have won eight of their last 11 completed ODIs at neutral venues.
Tamim Iqbal has scores of 51, 70 & 25 in WC ODIs against India. India have won nine of the ten H2Hs played at neutral venues, including the last six.
Twenty four of the 34 H2H results have favoured the chasing side, including four of the last five. In addition, nine of the ten neutral H2Hs favoured the chasing side.