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Preview: World T20 – Bangladesh vs India

India aim to build on the winning form against struggling hosts

What

Match 24 of the ICC World Twenty20, 2014

When

Friday, March 28, (13:30 GMT | 19:30 Local | 19:00 IST)

Where

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

The Teams

Bangladesh

To put it mildly, the hosts have been absolutely below par in the tournament so far, first losing to associate nation, Hong Kong and then going down without a fight against West Indies.

If they want to be taken seriously in world cricket, it is time Bangladesh push hard to get out from their perennial state of inconsistency. Batting has let Bangladesh terribly down in this tournament and the current form of Indian bowlers will make their task of run-scoring even more herculean. The likes of Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim must shoulder more responsibility in that area.

India

With two wins out of two in the tournament so far, India are running high on confidence. It is no coincidence that Team India’s resurgence has been intersected with that of the bowlers. Amit Mishra has led the way beautifully and the others have followed well.

The most heartening aspect of India’s win over West Indies was that all the bowlers performed as a unit. They had come with a definite plan and executed it to the T. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was a revelation, his swing bowling was unplayable. He made Chris Gayle look as clueless as a pirate wearing two eye patches, in conditions hardly hospitable to his kind of bowling. That should make Bhuvi realize the power of bowling to his own strength – which is swing – rather than improvising too much with variation.

With regards to their batting, despite MS Dhoni’s concern of the lower-order not having got any time in the middle, there is little to worry about. The only real apprehension should be about the form of Yuvraj Singh whose 19-ball stay at the crease in the last match was comically tragic. He has spent some extra time in the nets after that, which implies he will be given another chance to redeem himself against a relatively easy opposition.

Key Players

Bangladesh


In home conditions and against the familiar opponents, Shakib Al Hasan must put his hand up to save Bangladesh from further embarrassment. The all-rounder occupies a very crucial spot in the line-up, as a middle-order batsman and with his left-arm spin. His time in the IPL means he would also have a better idea about the Indian players’ T20 game as compared to some of his comrades.

India

Given his present form, it is hard to look beyond Amit Mishra as Team India’s key player. He seems to be doing everything right – displaying the art of classical leg-spin while improvising with a few accurate variations to suit the T20 format. His effectiveness means that the opposition batsmen will invariably look to play his four overs out. The challenge for Mishra would be to create chances when the batsmen are giving him none.

Statistics

Result summary in Twenty20 Internationals

Mts

Won

Lost

NR

Win%

India

48

28

19

1

58.33

Bangladesh

37

11

28

0

29.73


India-Bangladesh in Twenty20 Internationals

Date

Venue

Batted 1st

Batted 2nd

Result

06-06-2009

Nottingham

Ind 180-5

Ban 155-8

India won by 25 runs


Last 5 matches (Most recent listed first)

India: W W W W L

Bangladesh: L L W W L

Captaincy records

Mts

Won

Lost

NR

Win%

MS Dhoni

44

24

19

1

54.54

Mushfiqur Rahim

19

8

11

0

42.11


Trivia

-Out of 11 wickets taken by Indian bowlers in the two matches in the tournament, 9 have been taken by spinners (avg 19.33) and 2 by pacers (avg 41.00)

-24 out of 36 balls bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the tournament have been dot balls.

Squads

Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Abdur Razzak, Al-Amin Hossain, Anamul Haque, Farhad Reza, Mahmadullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mominul Haque, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shamsur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Sohag Gazi, Tamim Iqbal, Ziaur Rahman, Rubel Hossain.

India: MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Amit Mishra, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Ravindra Jadeja

News

Report: Eng vs Ind (Women), WT20 2014

Indian eves lose despite Raj’s half-century

India Women lost their second consecutive match of the ICC World T20, to England Women by five wickets. While captain Mithali Raj scored a half-century, the rest of the batting line-up succumbed to Anya Shrubsole and Jenny Gunn without much resistance. Chasing the 96-run target, England got across the line with 11 balls to spare.

The wicket of India opener Smriti Mandhana, in the third over with just eight runs on the board, set the tone for the game. Shrubsole and Gunn wrecked the Indian line-up and restricted them to 95 for nine, after Raj opted to bat first. 57 of the 95 runs that India posted were scored by the captain, who opens the batting for her side. In fact, India's first run came off a wide as the Women in Blue continued to struggle to keep the scoreboard ticking. While the skipper scored at over run-a-ball, she received no support from the other end. With a contribution of 11 runs, Sravanthi Naidu was the only other Indian batsman to reach double-digit scores.

Shrubsole finished with 4-1-6-3, while Gunn claimed three for 15. Rebecca Grundy and Georgia Elwiss chipped in with a wicket each to help set the match in England’s favour.

Chasing the sub par total, Sarah Taylor and Charlotte Edwards got off to a good start. But with England on 26 runs, Soniya Dabir removed Edwards in the fourth over. And in her next over, she got rid of Tammy Beaumont for a duck. 31 runs later, Taylor was sent back by Poonam Yadav.

Lydia Greenway and Natalie Sciver then came together and added 20 runs, before the latter was run out. Greenway followed her back with the team within sniffing distance of the target. Heather Knight and Gunn then took England to a comfortable win.