IND VS BAN: There is a trail of memories associated with India and Bangladesh, From the 2007 ODI World to the 2016 last-ball thrill. A T20 World Cup match between India and Bangladesh has the potential to be fiery. Particularly if you recall what transpired during the previous tournament meeting between these two teams. Some of the players from the 2016 game are still around, despite the fact that many others have moved on and retired.
However, Bangladesh is unwilling to discuss Bangalore 2016. India would want to think that they have improved and are now a more formidable force. Given the stakes and the fact that both teams have played three matches apiece. Wednesday’s matchup has all the makings of being a memorable one.
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In their match against South Africa, India struggled because Lungi Ngidi made good use of the Perth pitch. KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda were free beyond the off stump as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Hardik Pandya attempted to lift the ball and were forced to leave the field. With little assistance from the other end, Suryakumar Yadav was the only one who stood out while attempting to salvage the innings with his impressive shot-making. South Africa stumbled a little bit with the bat, but David Miller brought them home, giving India some trouble going into their final two Super 12s games.
However, India has consistently outplayed Bangladesh, losing just one T20I against them in all of their meetings. They would like their top order to start putting up points. So that they may focus on huge hits rather than rebuilding in the middle and lower orders. Additionally, India would like to see improvement in how their bowlers manage the latter overs. Considering if they think R Ashwin may be a problem for Bangladesh’s left-hand batsmen.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh could believe that they have already lived up to pre-tournament expectations. They defeated Zimbabwe and the Netherlands but lost to South Africa. Bangladesh would welcome the warmth of two fought-for victories. Despite the fact that it has put them in a difficult NRR predicament. They will undoubtedly be happy that they have a chance to still go to the semi-finals going into the India game.
Taskin Ahmed, who won two Player-of-the-Match accolades and eight wickets in the Super 12, is the star performance. Hasan Mahmud and Mustafizur Rahman have improved the fast-bowling performance by making significant contributions in the three games. Bangladesh, who have patiently waited for the left-arm quick to improve this year, need much on Mustafizur’s return to form.
Najmul Hossain Shanto’s career-best 71 against Zimbabwe may have given Bangladesh’s team management some relief on the batting side as well. Only two Bangladeshi starters have reached the fifty mark this year. Nurul Hasan and Yasir Ali have yet to put together a solid batting performance. There are still concerns about how they will close off the innings.
Overall, Today’s game looks to be another memorable one. Especially given the customary drama and emotions that have accompanied every meeting between these two teams over the last 10 years. However, India and Bangladesh would both attempt to ignore all of that. They would also ignore the potential for rain. The task at hand this moment: securing the two points.