With their top-four qualification chances on the line, Bangladesh will hope to take advantage of a sloppy India in the 2019 ICC World Cup. This match #40 will be played in Edgbaston on Tuesday. With the same pitch that was used for the England to be used again, the shorter dimensions of Edgbaston will be in focus.
All that, of course, will be crucial for Bangladesh. They have already defeated South Africa and the West Indies. Even in the loss against Australia, Bangladesh looked confident. India, on the other hand, are coming off a loss to England. The game highlighted India’s weakness at both ends of their batting innings.
The ‘Tigers’ have had a seven-day rest after the last game, which should be a big boost. Bangladesh are also buoyed by the return to fitness of their batsman Mahmudullah. With Tamim Iqbal also showing signs of getting back to form, Bangladesh look settled.
It is the all-round form of Shakib Al Hasan that has been driving them, though. WIth the support of Mushfiqur Rahim, he has been leading Bangladesh out of tight spots. One more brilliant game could give them a good win.
India have been pushed by Bangladesh in their last three meetings at ICC tournaments. Even in the loss to England, slow start and a poor finish hampered their batting. Depending only on Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to bring runs can backfire.
Thankfully, India’s bowling has been excellent all along. Jasprit Bumrah has impressed with his excellent control. Mohammad Shami has taken 13 wickets in three games and their fielding has also been top-class. For India, it is all about shrugging the England loss and getting back to their best.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Shakib Al Hasan is having a dream tournament with both bat and the ball. The all-rounder will hope to continue that form against India.
Rohit Sharma has already hit three centuries in the World Cup and looks hungry for more. Scoring another will be a masterstroke.
Mohammad Shami has picked up 13 wickets already and in just three games. He would be eager to make it another successful game.
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal 2 Soumya Sarkar 3 Shakib Al Hasan 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (WK) 5 Liton Das 6 Mahmudullah 7 Mosaddek Hossain 8 Mehidy Hasan 9 Mohammad Saifuddin 10 Mashrafe Mortaza (C) 11 Mustafizur Rahman
India: 1 Rohit Sharma 2 Rishabh Pant 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 KL Rahul 5 MS Dhoni (WK) 6 Kedar Jadhav 7 Hardik Pandya 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9 Ravindra Jadeja 10 Mohammed Shami 11 Jasprit Bumrah
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