The 17th fixture of the ICC Cricket World Cup is scheduled for October 19th, set to unfold at Pune’s MCA Stadium. Once more, it’s a classic encounter of Blue versus Green as the hosts prepare to take on their rivals from Bangladesh. Let us have a look at preview of the India vs Bangladesh match, including insights on the Pitch Conditions, the likely Playing XIs, and some top Fantasy Picks to keep an eye on.
India vs Bangladesh Match Preview
India remains undefeated in the tournament and currently holds the second position in the points table. Conversely, Bangladesh finds themselves in sixth place after completing their third match, with two losses and one victory in the tournament thus far.
In their recent encounter, India delivered a resounding victory against their longstanding rivals, Pakistan, triumphing by 7 wickets. This match also marked the return of Shubman Gill, who had recovered from Dengue. Presently, India is on a relentless path to success, with virtually every player, from bowlers to batters, displaying remarkable form.
Rohit Sharma showcased his sublime form in the matches against Afghanistan and Pakistan, smashing scores of 131 and 86, respectively. Another vital player of the team, Virat Kohli, is in thunderous form as well. The veteran played a crucial role in rescuing India alongside KL Rahul during a challenging situation against Australia when the team was reeling at 2/3. India aims to extend their winning streak in the tournament when they face Bangladesh.
On the flip side, Bangladesh began the tournament on a positive note by defeating Afghanistan with a six-wicket victory. However, their momentum took a hit as they suffered consecutive losses against England and New Zealand. In this competitive tournament, they are in dire need of a win. Unfortunately, their hopes have been further dampened as there are uncertainties surrounding Skipper Shakib Al Hasan’s participation.
If Shakib Al Hasan misses the game on Thursday, his absence will be keenly felt by his team, as he is arguably their most crucial member. The team management has yet to provide confirmation regarding his availability. Given the track record of Indian batters against left-arm spin, Shakib Al Hasan’s presence could be of immense significance.
India vs Bangladesh Pitch Report
The surface at MCA stadium in Pune is a balanced track that favours both the batsman and bowlers. Being a red soil pitch, it allows fast bowlers to get some swing early in the innings, and as the match progresses, spinners will find some assistance with turn. The hot and humid conditions suggest that the dew factor may not be a significant concern. In addition, this being the first match at this venue, there remains a hint of grass on the pitch. The shorter square boundaries are likely to come into play, setting the stage for a high-scoring encounter.
India vs Bangladesh Probable Playing XI
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
Bangladesh Playing XI: Litton Das, Tanzid Tamim, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan* (c), Mushifiqur Rahim (wk), Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam
India vs Bangladesh Head to Head Record
ODI World Cup Games
Top Fantasy Picks
|Shakib Al Hasan*
|Mehidy Hasan Miraz
India vs Bangladesh Probable Match Winner
India, as the superior and more formidable team, is anticipated to secure a comfortable victory in the match. However, in a tournament marked by unexpected outcomes, Bangladesh has the potential to surprise and stage another upset in the tournament. Nonetheless, based on our assessment, the safer bet would be on India.
- India’s Chance Of Winning: 65%
- Bangladesh’s Chance Of Winning: 35%