Man of the Match: Rohit Sharma
Bangladesh play a virtual knockout against India
Our prediction is India will win the match
The Indian team lost the match against the hosts England and it was their first loss in the 2019 WC. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli scored 102 & 76 runs respectively but failed to take on England`s bowling attack in a stiff chase of 337 runs. Rishab Pant and Hardik Pandya played some vital cameos but were not enough in the chase. MS Dhoni and Kedhar Jadhav`s intentions were questioned in the tall chase in the last 5 overs.
Jadhav may miss out in the playing XI to Dinesh Karthik or Ravindra Jadeja in this match. Jasprit Bumrah bowled magnificently giving away just 44 runs in the batting-friendly conditions. Mohammed Shami captured 5 wickets but gave away too many runs in his last 3 overs. Spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were taken away for a lot of runs and the dimensions of the ground played against them. They had combined figures of 20-0-160-1 in their quota of overs. India will look to win this match against Bangladesh and seal their place in the semi-finals. India might bring an additional seamer in place of a spinner on this track.
Bangladesh needs to win both their remaining encounters against India and Pakistan to have a chance to qualify for the knockouts. Bangladesh has been much improved ODI side this World Cup and their wins are no longer considered upsets in the ODI format. Shakib Al Hasan has been the star performer scoring 476 runs and taking 10 wickets in this World Cup so far. Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar have got starts but failed to put a big score on the board.
Mushfiqur Rahim is in a good rhythm and is putting on a good show with the bat and has scored 326 runs this year with a century and two fifties. Mahmadullah`s injury is a big concern for Bangladesh and they will look to play him even if he is 80% fit in this match. Their bowling has been their weak link and has given away more than 300 runs in 4 matches so far. Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammed Saifuddin has been amongst the wickets with 10 wickets each but are giving runs at an economy rate of 6.5 RPO. Mehdi Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan have controlled the run flow in middle overs and making it difficult for the batsmen to score big runs. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza`s bowling has been under criticism and he needs to put a good show with the ball in hand.
Shakib Al Hasan – Shakib has been the leading run scorer and wicket taker for Bangladesh this World Cup with 476 runs and 10 wickets. He is the Most Valuable Player in the Bangladesh team in this World Cup so far.
Mustafizur Rahman – Mustafizur has had success against the Indian batsmen in the past and he will look to take wickets with slow off-cutters and variations on a pitch which has nothing for the bowler.
Shakib Al Hasan – 476 runs, Avg. - 95, Strike rate – 99, HS - 124, 100s - 2, 50s – 3 & 10 wickets
Mohammed Saifuddin – 10 wickets, Economy – 6.7 RPO, BB – 3/72
Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah/Sabbir Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin
|S Al Hasan||51||69||1||0||73.91|
|S Al Hasan||10.0||1||29||5||2.9|
|S Al Hasan||10.0||1||29||5||2.9|
Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Saifuddin, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Rubel Hossain, Tamim Iqbal
Virat Kohli – Virat is struggling to convert his half-centuries into centuries and this is a very rare phenomenon for the Indian captain. He has 5 consecutive fifties in this World Cup and will look to knock off his 42nd century this match.
Jasprit Bumrah – Bumrah is making life hard for the batsmen and is living up to his reputation of NO.1 ranked ICC bowler. The pressure created by Bumrah is helping Mohammed Shami to get wickets on the other end
Rohit Sharma – 440 runs, Avg. - 88, Strike rate – 95, HS - 140, 100s-3, 50s-1
Mohammed Shami – 13 wickets, Economy – 4.8 RPO, BB - 5/69
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni (Wk), Dinesh Karthik/Ravindra jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Rishab Pant, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav/Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
YS Chahal, Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, JJ Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami
Birmingham is an absolute belter where bowlers will get no support from the pitch. The shorter boundaries and the flat track will help the batsmen to score runs with ease. We can expect runs over 300 runs in this match. The weather looks bright and sunny on match day with very little chances of rain as per the weather report.
Teams batting first have won more matches in this World Cup than the teams chasing the total. On a placid batting track, both teams will look to put a huge total on board.
The Indian team had a rare off-day against England and they will look to bring their World Cup Campaign back on track with a win on this match. Bangladesh must win this match to have chances to qualify and we can expect a tough fight from them. We predict the Indian team to win this contest owing their superior team quality, form, and their recent records.