In another much-awaited match of the ongoing ICC World Cup could potentially alter the dynamics of the points table, India and Bangladesh renew their rivalry as they will be locking horns with each other on Tuesday, July 2nd in Edgbaston, Birmingham. Both teams have done a decent job in the tournament so far as Shakib Al Hasan and Virat Kohli has enjoyed a prime form in this tournament with 476 and 382 runs under their belt.
While India needs a win to seal their place in the semi-finals, Bangladesh will also be searching for a win to keep their hopes alive with their campaign hanging by a thread. They will ideally want to replicate the performance in 2007 when they registered a win over the Indians which saw them break into prominence but that remains their only win against the Men in Blue with losses in 2011 and 2015 still fresh on their minds.
As seen on Sunday, the pitch will produce a run fest although 300 might be a bit far fetched with this being a used surface. The slower balls will be the most effective ones with their tendency to hold a bit and occasionally raise as well. Overcast conditions will also help fast bowlers in the start of the match with an additional swing as captains should prefer to bat first if they win the toss. Here are some of the predictions for the game:
No changes are expected in the Bangladesh squad as Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin have been doing a phenomenal job so far. In Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar, they have a solid opening pair with the likes of Shakib, Rahim, and Liton supporting them well. Mashrafe Mortaza’s form with the ball is alarming with only a couple of wickets to his name but has more than made up with his positive captaincy.
Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (C) and Mustafizur Rahman.
Despite the fact that India suffered a loss against England, the men in blue will remain unchanged with Mohammed Shami all but sealing a place in the team with a fifer on Sunday. The batting unit still looks fragile with KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant unable to put down any doubts against England. Hardik Pandya remains crucial with his 3-dimensional abilities while Jasprit Bumrah will be the biggest threat with the ball in hand.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (WK), Kedhar Jadhav/Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah.
Fantasy XI Prediction
Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Tamim Iqbal, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Saifuddin and Yuzvednra Chahal.