India VS Bangladesh: A match where India can rectify their mistakes for the final time.
May 27, 2019
India and Bangladesh are two teams with very different strengths. The sub-continent rivals are entering with a ranking of 1 and 9 respectively. India being the Cup favorites, still need to find proper bearings for their side to have a good season start, whereas Bangladesh didn’t even bowl or bat in their first warm-up match. Both sides have a good history of games which includes the game against each other where MSD did one of the most memorable run-outs.
Pitch Conditions and Weather
Sophia Garden, Cardiff has is not a regular ODI venue for England. India last played ODI here in 2014, with a win over England by 133 runs. A warm-up match between Sri Lanka and South Africa saw a massive unsuccessful run chase of 338 where South Africa won by 87 runs. The numbers tell 70% of wins were by the team batting second. With light rain in the morning and temperature around 17-degree Celsius, there can be a good bounce for the seamers.
India, after poor results, needs to see where it lacked. With Kohli during the toss telling that they wanted to be under pressure, the pressure was unbearable for them. Vijay Shankar is clear from a fracture might get a chance to play. KL Rahul, experts, praise him for his technique, but his form has been horrendous, give Dinesh Karthik a chance to play at no.4.
The top 3 needs to get some runs as the team has been heavily relying on one man show type strategy. After surging of Kohli, the style has been there for some time. That was not a case before the change of captaincy happened.
The Green Tigers has been in good form lately with winning 4 of the last 7 matches, and 13 from 19 games. The games mainly won were due to consistent performances by Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hassan. They are the somewhat right side with the bowling attack had some new faces. Batting is excellent by the top order. The middle order has always delivered whenever they got a chance to show up.
Mohammed Saifuddin, Mehidy Miraz, Sabbir Rahman were some of the stars which show that this small country has a vast talent pool. They have been sometimes the flag bearer for the team. Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan have got excellent scores and are in good form. Mohammed Saifuddin’s lower middle order performance has drawn a lot of eyes.
Final Word And Predictions:
India is favorites to win this match with the expectation of excellent performance by Shikhar Dhawan or Rohit Sharma. Bangladesh needs just to hit the top 3 batsmen to collapse their batting in any innings their bat. There seems less possibility of the middle order to perform.