India will win their last warm-up match against Bangladesh
Our prediction is that India will trump Bangladesh in their last warm-up game before the main event.
The cricketing world is slowly getting warmed up to the biggest cricket event – the ICC Cricket world cup 2019! With just a few days to go for the 1st match of the world cup, all the teams are participating in the warm-up games to prepare for the big event.
India will take on Bangladesh in both the teams’ last warm-up game at Cardiff on 28th May 2019. A recent warm-up match between Pakistan and Bangladesh was abandoned without a ball bowled because of the rains. Bangladesh would hope that they get to play at least one full warm-up game.
India, on the other hand, looked rusty against New Zealand in swing-friendly conditions at the Oval. They would want a win under their belt in their last warm-up match.
India received a much-needed wake-up call right before the world cup. Indian batting collapsed against the quality swing bowling of Trent Boult and co. The heavy 6 wicket defeat is something they should bear in mind through the world cup.
It is not expected for any World Cup venue England to be this helpful for the quicks in the main event. But what that warm-up match showed the world is that this mighty Indian batting line-up has some chink in its armor. Something that can be exploited with a little bit of help from the conditions.
India on the other wouldn't let that game go into their head. They have been a successful ODI team in the past couple of years or so, just behind England and they would want to believe that they are good enough to go all the way.
India has strong top order, balanced middle order, and quality seam and spin bowling options. At least on paper, they seem a strong team and they would want to remind the world of that fact against Bangladesh in their second warm-up game.
Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami.
Bangladesh lost a crucial opportunity to get their players an important outing in the match situation against Pakistan in their first warm-up match on Sunday. The game washed off because of the rains at Cardiff. They will be playing their second warm-up game against India at the same venue. Hope this time the weather permits them a full match.
This is Bangladesh's strongest squad under the captainship of Mashrafe Mortaza. They have many experienced players in Shakib al Hasan, Mushfikur Rahim, and Tamim Iqbal along with new talented players such as Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Sabbir Rahman.
In the last world cup, they beat the current host England and managed to reach the semi-finals of Champions Trophy in 2017. Although Bangladesh has the potential to topple any good side on their day, they would still need to play out of their character to beat this strong Indian outfit.
Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Sabbir Rahman
The rain has been causing an issue at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. The average score batting first in the last 10 innings has been 270 with highest score 342. Since 2000, the chasing teams have won about 70% matches at this venue. Seam bowlers have a better strike rate at this venue compared to the spin bowlers.
Thus, the team winning the toss should look to bowl first at Cardiff in seam-friendly conditions early on.
India looking the get past the massive defeat against New Zealand in the first warm-up match whereas Bangladesh is looking to get as much practice as they can before the main event begins.
Being a warm-up game a result doesn't matter in this match. However, India would like to start the campaign on a win and Bangladesh would like to take as much as they can from the only warm-up match they are getting to play. India has a very daunting record against Bangladesh. It would really take monumental efforts from Bangladesh to topple this Indian side.
Thus, our prediction is that India will win their last warm-up match against Bangladesh at Cardiff on 28th May 2019.
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