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World Cup 2019, Match40- IND vs BAN, Preview: India eye semi-final spot, Bangladesh battle to stay alive

The league stage of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 is into its final week and with every next game the race for the semis is getting much more exciting. In the 40th game of the showpiece event, India will be clashing with Bangladesh at the Edgbaston, Birmingham on July 2, Tuesday. Both the teams are coming into this match after witnessing contrasting results in their respective previous outings. India are just one win away from sealing semis spot, while Bangladesh not only need to win their last two games, but also want the other results to go in their favour.

After England’s victory over India at the Edgbaston, the road ahead for Bangladesh in the 2019 World Cup has become tougher. With triumphs over South Africa, Windies and Afghanistan, Mashrafe Mortaza’s men haven’t been short of oomph and energy. However, a lot of calculations need to go in their favour in order for them to qualify for the semis.

KL Rahul and MS Dhoni’s century in the warm-up match in Cardiff would be on the Tigers’ mind. But going by their go-getter-attitude, Bangladesh is expected to pounce on their prey, who is a bit more stronger to them on paper. The test won’t be easy though. India, on the other hand, is yet to cement their spot in the semis and Virat Kohli and Co would be hoping to do that in the upcoming contest.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

India

Bangladesh

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Overall (35)

29

5

1

In World Cup (3)

2

1

 

 

India’s likely Playing XI

Team India might choose to field the same eleven despite their loss in the last match. It’s high time that KL Rahul makes use of the chances he has been getting at the top of the order. Rohit Sharma came back to form after a couple of failures. Virat Kohli is amongst the runs but now would dearly wish to get a century after five consecutive 50 plus scores. Meanwhile, Vijay Shankar has been ruled out owing to a toe injury.

It means that Rishabh Pant is likely to be persisted with, provided the management doesn’t think about bringing in Dinesh Karthik. MS Dhoni needs to up his game at the earliest. The onus will also be on Kedar Jadhav to show consistency. In the bowling line-up, Shami has been exceptional with 13 wickets. Bumrah has been immaculate as well. Chahal and Kuldeep will be keen to make amends after a poor outing.

Probable XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.

Bangladesh’s likely Playing XI

Bangladesh are also most likely to retain their eleven from the last game. The move to send Soumya Sarkar in the middle-order didn’t work in the last match. Even Liton Das couldn’t deliver, opening the batting for the first time in the tournament. Tamim Iqbal has gotten himself among the runs but needs a stable opening partner. Shakib Al Hasan is in prime form, but the Tigers can’t put too much pressure on him.

Mushfiqur Rahim has silently done his job, getting 327 runs at 65.40. Mahmudullah hasn’t disappointed either. Their bowling has tended to crumble when up against quality batting line-ups. All the three pacers- Mustafizur, Mashrafe and Saifuddin- have leaked runs at an economy of over six. Moreover, the Tigers haven’t been able to pick up wickets in the powerplay and that’s a major area of concern.

Probable XI: Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.