The India v Bangladesh match in the ICC World T20 2016, today, is going to be the third encounter between the two teams this year. And despite the focus on the evolution of Bangladesh cricket, India have been worthy victors on both occasions. Having already lost their first couple of games in this World Cup, Bangladesh are now at the brink of desperation. India, on the other hand, seemed to have revitalized their campaign with a comprehensive victory against arch rivals Pakistan last week.
No Taskin, No winning momentum, No home conditions for Bangladesh
In the last couple of years, Bangladesh have proven to be quite a handful at home. However, when it comes to their overseas record, they still remain as helpless and lackluster as ever. And the stark contrast in the team’s performance in the Asia Cup last month and the ongoing World T20 exemplifies it. After being outplayed by Pakistan in their first game, Mortaza’s men did manage to put up a fight against the Aussies. However, with their top order at its shakiest, Bangladesh cannot hope to upset stronger opponents in the next few games. Tamim Iqbal’s injury and Soumya Sarkar’s lack of form has taken away the aggression and sting that is so necessary at the top of the order. To make things worse, the bowling department has been rattled by the absence of Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny. In short, this makes the task of Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman all the more important. The welcome return of Mustafizur Rahman and his well known ability to cause problems for Indian batsmen might be Bangladesh’s best hope going into this do or die contest against India.
India eye semi finals spot
New Zealand are already through. Pakistan and Australia do not look convincing enough. This gives India the opportunity to virtually seal a spot for the semi finals, by registering a comprehensive victory against Bangladesh. With the Net Run Rate factor expected to play a big role in the qualification battle in the next few days, India would aim to improve their figures which were battered by New Zealand in the first game.
A Virat Kohli masterclass, however, has given the Men In Blue their all familiar feeling of superiority at home. While the bowlers have performed well in the first two games, it is the batting department that the Indians should be worried about. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina have looked quite ordinary at the top, while Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja do not appear well prepared to undergo the spin test that the World T20 tracks have offered so far. This has put pressure on the shoulders of Virat Kohli to carry his team through during difficult circumstances. Yuvraj Singh has shown some fight in the middle order, and this should be heartening for the hosts. With Bangladesh apparently ill prepared to put up a tough challenge, the out of form Indian top order should use the occasion to spend some productive time in the middle.
India v Bangladesh – Match details
Venue – Bangalore
Start time – 19:30 (IST)