Must-win game for Bangladesh against World Cup Heavyweights
Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka all had their fingers crossed that India would prevail over the out-of-sorts England at Edgbaston yesterday, but it wasn’t to be as the hosts got their World Cup campaign back on track. That’s left a massive amount of work to do for the remaining three teams outside the top four, all three teams are still a slim-chance given they keep winning games. England’s last group stage match against New Zealand could perhaps decide the semi-finals fixtures, but for now it’s up all three teams sitting just outside the top four to find a way to win. India’s loss against England isn’t expected to impact their performance against Bangladesh, if anything they’ll be determined to hit back in style.
India will come up against a competitive-Bangladesh tomorrow at Edgbaston, the venue where they just-recently went down to England by 31 runs. Despite a 3-3 record in this year’s ICC World Cup, Bangladesh has been hugely-impressive so far. Veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has just about been player of the tournament up until now, Mushfiqur Rahim has shown his class with the bat and the bowlers have been producing wickets regularly which is an added bonus. Having scored 476 runs at 95.20 in the tournament, Shakib has pushed himself to the brink of exhaustion for his team in this year’s World Cup, and it’s slowly starting to pay off. Watching England pile on 337-runs against India’s bowling attack, Bangladesh aren’t without a chance in this one. If someone like a Tamim Iqbal can get set early in the innings, India might have some trouble working their way through an in-form middle order later on. The fact that Iqbal hasn’t been in great touch could also work in India’s favor, the in-form Mohammed Shami who’s on fire at the moment could prove to hot to handle.
The injury to Bhuvneshwar Kumar left India with no other option, Mohammed Shami had to play. Surprisingly not in India’s first choice XI, Shami will be extremely hard to drop after claiming figures of 4/40, 4/16 & 5/69. That’s 13 wickets in just three games! Shami has leaped up to equal-fifth in the 2019 World Cup leading wicket-takers, Bhuvi might find it tough to get his spot back after a performance like this. There were two areas of the game that left India vulnerable against England, the first was their expensive-spinners. Both Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav were on the receiving end of an absolute pummeling with the ball, Ravindra Jadeja surely gets a look in against Bangladesh? Secondly, India’s sluggish-start to the innings left the middle-lower order too much to do towards the back-end of the innings. Rohit was sensational with his third century of the tournament, and skipper Virat Kohli notched up his fifth-consecutive fifty in this year’s World Cup as well. Pant, Hardik and Dhoni all looked in good touch throughout the middle-order, expect a similar batting order to lineup against Bangladesh.
Top 5 fantasy picks – Bangladesh
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Mushfiqur Rahim
- Mustafizur Rahman
- Tamim Iqbal
- Mohammad Saifuddin
Wildcard pick – Soumya Sarkar
Top 5 fantasy picks – India
- Virat Kohli
- Mohammed Shami
- Rohit Sharma
- Hardik Pandya
- Jasprit Bumrah
Wildcard pick – Rishabh Pant
Predicted Team XI’s
Bangladesh (possible) – 1. Liton Das 2. Tamim Iqbal 3. Shakib Al Hasan 4. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) 5. Soumya Sarkar 6. Mahmudullah/Mohammad Mithun 7. Mosaddek Hossain 8. Mohammad Saifuddin 9. Mehidy Hasan 10. Mashrafe Mortaza (c) 11. Mustafizur Rahman.
India (possible) – 1. KL Rahul 2. Rohit Sharma 3. Virat Kohli (c) 4. Rishabh Pant 5. MS Dhoni (wk) 6. Kedar Jadhav 7. Hardik Pandya 8. Ravindra Jadeja 9. Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal 10. Mohammed Shami 11. Jasprit Bumrah.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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