ICC CWC 19 Preview: India vs. Bangladesh; Can India defeat the fiercely competitive Bangladesh in this South Asian derby?


India who have been the most consistent and the strongest team in the ICC Cricket World Cup so far unfortunately couldn’t answer the mighty English riddle that was posed in front of them in their previous game. Thus, not only did they lose their unbeaten/invincible record in the tournament so far, they also failed to secure a place into the knockout stages of the World Cup.

In today’s match of the ICC Cricket World Cup, India are set to take on Bangladesh in an extremely intense South Asian derby. Even Bangladesh desperately need to win today’s game against India in order to keep their hopes of qualifying ahead alive. These two nations have already played out some extremely intense games in the past couple of years, and it is surely safe to say that they do not like losing to each other.

While India usually do not like to make much changes in their starting XIs. They have already been forced to tinker twice, first with Shikhar Dhawan’s injury and now with Vijay Shankar’s injury. Mayank Agarwal has been sent to England as a replacement for Shankar, but it is unlikely that he will play much role in the team as of now.

Below is the predicted starting line-up for India:

INDIA: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohd. Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

There have been massive question marks on Kedar Jadhav’s form. His place in the side is as an all-rounder, but his bowling skills have not been used at all. Thus, it is possible that he might be replaced by Dinesh Karthik or Ravindra Jadeja.

On the other hand, Bangladesh will most likely stick with their winning combination and won’t be making any changes at all.

Below is the predicted starting line-up for Bangladesh:

BANGLADESH: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al-Hassan, Liton Das (WK), Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mohd. Saifuddin, Mosaddek Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mustafizur Rehman.

Bangladesh’s bowling attack has been really weak and their achilles heel. While it is a slow bowling friendly wicket, their bowling is less likely too trouble the Indian batsmen too much. However, their batting has won them games so far. With the bat, they look like a team who can take on and defeat anyone in the world. India should be wary off the Bangladeshi top order and should look to get them out as soon as possible.

India is the favourite to win this match, but Bangladesh are extremely dangerous and certainly cannot be ruled out.





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