Bangladesh take on India in the Cricket World Cup at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Tuesday with Bangladesh looking to to pull off a surprise win to stay in contention for a semi final place.
Bangladesh have been without a game since 24th June when they beat Afghanistan by 62 runs at Southampton, a win which kept them in contention for a semi final place.
Batting first Bangladesh posted 262/7 with Mushfiqur Rahim top scoring with 83 and Shakib Al Hasan made 51. Shakib then starred with the ball, taking 5 wickets at a cost of just 29 runs in his 10 overs as Afghanistan were bowled out for 200 in 47 overs.
Bangladesh now have 3 wins, 3 defeats and 1 no result from their 7 outings. Earlier results comprise of a 21 run victory over South Africa and defeats to New Zealand (2 wickets) and England (104 runs). A clash with Sri Lanka was washed out followed by a 7 wicket win over West Indies and a 48 run defeat to Australia.
If Bangladesh win here and then beat Pakistan on Friday they will have 11 points which could just be enough to squeeze into the semi finals depending on how other results go.
Shakib Al Hasan is the top run scorer for Bangladesh with 476, Mushfiqur Rahim has made 327 and Tamim Iqbal has 205. Mohammad Saifuddin, Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman have all taken 10 wickets.
This was how Bangladesh lined up against Afghanistan last time out
Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin
It’s a quick turnaround for India who took on England at this venue on Sunday and they suffered a first defeat of the tournament, going down by 31 runs.
England won the toss and opted to bat first and they put on 160 for the first wicket in just 22.1 overs and finished up posting 337/7. Mohammed Shami returned figures of 5/69 although the only Indian bowler to keep the lid on the run rate was Jasprit Bumrah (1/44). India lost Lokesh Rahul early in the chase for a duck and after 10 overs they were 27/1. Kohli (66) and Rohit Sharma (102) put India back in the game but the run rate went into double figures. Hardik Pandya (45 off 33) gave his all but when he went India’s innings petered out, closing on 306/5.
India come into this game in second spot in the standings with 11 points. Their semi final place is almost secure but if they were to lose here and against Sri Lanka at the weekend in theory they could yet slip out of the top 4 on net rate.
Earlier results saw India beat South Africa by 6 wickets, Australia by 36 runs and a scheduled meeting with New Zealand was completely washed out. They beat Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS), Afghanistan by 11 runs and West Indies by 125 runs.
Rohit Sharma is leading run scorer for India with 440, Virat Kohli has 382 and MS Dhoni has made 188. With the ball Mohammed Shami has taken 13 wickets whilst Jasprit Bumrah and Chahal have 10.
This was how India lined up against England last time out.
Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (capt), Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Head to Head
The teams have met 35 times with Bangladesh winning 5, India have won 29 with 1 no result.
The most recent meetings came in the Asia Cup in Dubai in September 2018 and India won both matches by margins of 7 wickets and then 3 wickets.
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Bangladesh have played some excellent cricket but whilst I wouldn’t completely rule out an upset it will take a heroic performance to turn India over.
For a betting interest Mushfiqur Rahim is the pick to get over 38.5 in the Player Performance market where points are awarded as follows, 1 point per run, 20 points per wicket, 10 points per catch, 25 points per stumping. The Bangladesh keeper has been making important runs and the quote looks very beatable given he is behind the stumps.
Player Performance, M Rahim Over 38.5 over 38.5 at 9/10
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