The MCA International Stadium in Pune is set to host the thrilling encounter between India and Bangladesh on Thursday, 19 October.
India’s performance in the ongoing World Cup has been nothing short of impressive, with the team maintaining a firm grip on all their matches, barring a minor hiccup in the second innings of their opening game against Australia. The team’s strength lies in their batting line-up, with three players boasting an average of over 70, and their bowling attack, with four bowlers claiming wickets at less than 25 runs each. With three resounding victories under their belt, India is emerging as a formidable force in the tournament.
However, the unpredictable nature of cricket has been evident in recent matches, with underdogs Afghanistan and Netherlands pulling off surprising victories against England and South Africa respectively. Bangladesh, despite suffering two consecutive losses after their initial victory, will be hoping to replicate these upsets in their upcoming match against India.
With a team led by Shakib Al Hasan and featuring several seasoned players, Bangladesh has the potential to give India a run for their money. The team’s all-rounders, including Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shakib, and Mahmudullah, provide stability, while their pace attack could prove to be a game-changer given the right conditions. Their recent victory against India in the Super Four stage of Asia Cup 2023 will also serve as a confidence booster.
Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav.
Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Kumer Das, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto (vc), Tawhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.
Players to Watch
India – Shreyas Iyer
Following a disappointing start in Chennai, Iyer has bounced back with commendable performances in the subsequent matches. His proficiency against spin will be crucial in countering Bangladesh’s spin attack. Iyer’s recent performances against Bangladesh have been promising, making him a key player for India in the upcoming match.
Bangladesh – Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim has been a pillar of strength for Bangladesh, often stepping up in times of crisis. His dual role of stabilising the innings and accelerating the run rate has been instrumental in Bangladesh’s performance. Despite a modest record against India, Rahim has delivered some memorable performances, including a match-winning unbeaten 56 during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2007.