About the Match
The hosts are in a tough situation, being at the bottom of the table and yet to come up with a laudable performance in the World T20 series. Having lost their opening group match against West Indies by 73 runs, Bangladesh will now play India on Mar 28th at Dhaka. The men in blue have been in control right from the start as they won both their games, against Pakistan and West Indies, and with 4 points on the board, India is looking good to maintain the top spot. The upcoming match will be crucial for Bangladesh if they want to stay in the race; and with rising expectations from fans, the team will be under tremendous pressure to put up a solid fight against India.
The team has seen many highs and lows in recent months and presently nothing’s going right for them; the batsmen have failed to score in critical situations, the fielding has been sloppy and the bowling could be tightened a little more. The players seem to be worrying more about maintaining their place in the squad rather than win matches; and this pressure is not doing them any good. In the previous match against West Indies, the entire batting line-up was out for 98 runs while chasing a target of 172; the top order collapsed and even the captain’s efforts were hardly enough to revive the chase. Among the bowlers, Al-Amin Hossain was the most successful with 3-21; Mashrafe and Sohag Gazi couldn’t find the rhythm whereas Shakib, Mahmudullah and Zaur Rahman took a wicket each but couldn’t contain the West Indies batsmen to a low total. The players need to have more confidence and come up with a better performance against India.
The bowlers got it right in both the matches so far and their efforts have taken India right to the top of the table; Amit Mishra has been consistently taking wickets and has proved just how valuable he is. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s astounding 3 over spell against the Windies during which he only gave a measly 3 runs caused suffocation for the opponents and with his current form, the team has majorly benefited. Shami, Ashwin and Jadeja are also proving great support and the bowling squad looks good to deliver all the way through. With the bowlers doing a great job, the batsmen hardly had much to score; both times the targets were only around 130. Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 62 runs and Kohli’s 54 against West Indies took the team safely home; whereas against Pakistan it was a collective effort by Raina, Kohli and Dhawan which gave them the win. Yuvraj couldn’t bring out his best but might be given another chance in the upcoming match; youngsters like Ajinkya will just need to wait it out till then. Overall, the Indian team is on a high presently and will take some brave efforts from Bangladesh to stop their winning momentum.
India has got everything going for them; the spinners and pacemen are providing regular breakthroughs and bowling tight spells whereas the batsmen are ever ready to score the big runs. With two back to back wins, the team is all set to march ahead; on the other hand, Bangladesh is struggling with player forms, lack of confidence and the surmounting pressure from the home crowd. Though the hosts are desperate for a win here and will fight hard, it will be very difficult for them to get past through India.
India, 1.22 @ Bet365