About the Match
While India defeated Pakistan in the last outing to register their first victory of the tournament, Bangladesh came quit close to outsmarting Australia in a must-win game but lost the match by 3 wickets in the end; now India and Bangladesh will face off each other in the upcoming match at Bangalore on 23rd March. India with 2 points in the bag is placed fourth and needs a win if they want to stay alive in the race to semi-finals; they will try their winning combination against Bangladesh, who are already ousted from the tournament and we need to see if the men in blue can continue with their winning momentum to push their campaign ahead.
Kohli was instrumental in the team’s first win on a turner against traditional rivals Pakistan at the Eden Gardens; his brilliant knock of 55 off 37 was crucial after Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina got out in a cheap manner. With support from Yuvraj Singh and captain cool Dhoni on the other end, Kohli ensured they chased down the target of 119 runs in an 18-over rain curtailed match. Earlier, the bowlers found quick breakthroughs with spinners Raina and Jadeja taking a wicket each while seamers Bumrah, Nehra and Pandya too grabbed 3 wickets between them to restrict Pakistan to 118.
Against New Zealand, the batting line-up had crumbled under pressure after the top-order put up a dismal performance chasing 127 runs; except Kohli and Dhoni, the rest of the batsmen fell for single digits and they were all-out for a humiliating 79 by the start of the 19th over, losing the match by 47 runs. The bowlers had done well in that match as they stifled the Kiwis in their run-flow and provided regular breakthroughs; however, the let-down by the batsmen caused a poor result.
The bowling squad looks tough with spinners Ashwin, Jadeja and Raina coming up with consistent wickets while Bumrah, Pandya and Nehra can be ruthless. The batsmen should be cautious against the Bangladeshi spinners and come out all guns blazing when opportunity knocks on the door.
It was heartbreak for the Bangladeshis when victory yet again eluded them against Australia after putting up a last-minute brilliant show with the ball. Batting first, they started slowly and in the absence of Tamim Iqbal, Mithun and Shakib Al Hasan tried to build the innings. Mahmudullah came in at No.6 to post a heroic 49 off 29 balls and take the total to a defendable 156.
The bowlers gave away too many runs in the beginning but after Watson’s run-out there was a ray of sunshine when Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan took 6 wickets in quick succession. However, some missed catches and poor fielding led to the loss and ouster from the WT20. They suffered a setback with the suspension of two key bowlers and paid a heavy price for it.
Against India, they have nothing to lose and will try their best to make matters difficult for the hosts; if the batsmen can build a good foundation, they can surely put up a stiff challenge on Wednesday.
India needs a win here to improve their standings in the group; Bangladesh will do its best to cause an upset but we feel the hosts with their positive attitude can clinch another victory here