Preview – India’s overall strength gives them an edge over confident Bangladesh
In the recent past, India-Bangladesh encounters have produced some thrilling cricket. In the shorter formats, especially, the India- Bangladesh rivalry has attained great heights in the past few years. While India has maintained an edge over them, the Bangladeshi Tigers have given a tough fight and even surprised the Men in Blue on occasions.
In the ICC World Cup 2019, Bangladesh has shown great courage with the bat, and that has allowed them to register wins over South Africa, West Indies and Afghanistan. However, their bowling has been pretty mediocre, and that is why they stand 6th in the points table with 7 points in 7 games and a net run rate of -0.133. It would hence be a challenge for them to upstage India in their World Cup 2019 encounter at Birmingham.Embed from Getty Images
India, despite their first loss of the tournament to England in their last game, are sitting pretty at the second position in the points table and have 11 points in 7 games with a net run rate of +0.854.
What’s more is that in the last 5 ODIs between the two sides, India has beaten Bangladesh four times – the last of which was the Asia Cup final in 2018. Bangladesh, however, might take heart from their memories of knocking India out of the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
India’s batting is hugely reliant on Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, and if the two in-form batsmen get going, things will be difficult for Bangladesh. However, opener KL Rahul is looking out of touch, and India’s middle-order weakness is apparent. The Bangladeshi spinners can stop the likes of Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav. Hardik Pandya, though, will be the dangerous weapon who can unleash himself at the Bangladeshi bowlers at the end.Embed from Getty Images
India’s bowling, despite going for runs against England, is its strength. Jasprit Bumrah has been exceptional, and Mohammad Shami is in the wicket-taking form with 13 wickets in his three matches in the tournament. The spinners – Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal – have been good but will be tested against Bangladesh’s strong batting unit.
Bangladesh’s batting has been one of the high points of World Cup 2019. Shakib Al Hasan is one of the most top scorers of the tournament with 476 runs in 7 matches, and Mushfiqur Rahim has given him able company with 327 runs. Liton Das has been excellent in one game and would need to do better along with opener Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah.
It is Bangladesh’s bowling which has let them down. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza has picked up only one wicket so far, and Mehidy Hasan Miraz hasn’t been great. They will depend on Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin to do their best against India.
Pitch Conditions and Bangladesh vs India Prediction:
The pitch at Edgbaston is expected to be a high-scoring one. With small boundaries on one side expect some big sixes. If the ball grips on the pitch, the spinners will have a say. Otherwise, we can expect a score of 280-300 from the team batting first. A score like that can be chased with the small boundary and fast outfield.
Bangladesh is no longer a minnow, and you cannot rule out them surprising India in this match. But India’s overall strength is superior to them and they should emerge victoriously.