Cricket World Cup: India vs Bangladesh
Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham.
Date: Tuesday 2nd July 2019
Bangladesh take on India at Edgbaston with the Tigers playing under the added pressure of knowing that they must win here if they are to have any chance of qualifying for the Cricket World Cup knockout stages. India meanwhile, picked up their first defeat of the competition last time out at the hands of England but have two more group stage games at their disposal to make absolutely sure of their passage to the last 4. Aside from the enormity of the game facing both sides, the geographic rivalry between the two nations will see an estimated 1 billion people across the globe tuned in to the action as much more than local pride is at stake. The variation both squads possess should make for a fascinating game between two sides not too accustomed to facing each other outside of sub-continental pitch conditions.
India have been impressive throughout the World Cup group stages under the stewardship of their talisman Virat Kohli. Their first defeat came on Sunday against England with Jonny Bairstow doing the damage and India have made light work of Australia, Pakistan and South Africa so far in the competition. Their bowling department has excelled in English conditions with Mohamed Shami proving to be the pick of the bowlers whilst the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav have also made telling contributions.
Bangladesh have impressed massively throughout their World Cup campaign and in Shakib al Hasan have a genuine contender for player of the tournament. The all-rounder is in the top 10 performers in the competition with both bat and ball and his influence on this side cannot be under estimated. Their seam bowling department has looked a little light in the benign English conditions but in wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim and opener Tamim Iqbal they have two of the most naturally talented batsmen in the world in their ranks.
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Both sides have had more success with their batting departments than their bowling attacks and with the likes of Rohit Sharma and Shakib al Hasan in form, the runs could pile up.
India’s captain has scored 50 or more in his last 5 World Cup innings and he will be eager to make one of his good starts pay with a daddy hundred here at Edgbaston.
Mohamed Shami has had to wait patiently for his opportunity at the Cricket World Cup but he had repaid the selectors with 13 wickets in his last 3 games and he is bowling with serious pace currently.
Mushfiqur Rahim has been one of the key performers for the Tigers so far as they push towards the Cricket World Cup knockout stages and the wicket-keeper batsman is in fine form with crucial knocks against Australia and Afghanistan.
Bangladesh’s main man Shakib al Hasan has had an incredible World Cup with both bat and ball and he will be looking to build on his tally of 10 wickets for the competition here.
This game is absolutely must win for Bangladesh if they are to keep any hope of qualifying for the knockout stages alive and whilst India can afford to lose it and still qualify, Virat Kohli will want to see his side instantly bounce back from defeat to England. It will be an incredible atmosphere at Edgbaston and India should pick up the points at 0.16 with BetXChange.com in what could be a tighter match than most people anticipate.
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