Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Team India To Take on Bangla Tigers in Bangalore - ICC WT20 2016

India Vs Bangladesh – Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, 23rd March 2016 - ICC WT20 Match Preview

India will clash with Bangladesh in an important group 1 clash tomorrow at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. The pitch for this clash is expected to be a flat deck after India has got two rank turners in Nagpur and Kolkata. The small boundaries will also mean that the batsmen can expect to breathe a little easily.

India will be high on confidence after they defeated arch rivals Pakistan in a high voltage match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. On the other hand, Bangladesh are coming off a defeat to Australia and having also lost to Pakistan in their opening game they will have to win this one to have any chance to progress to the knock out stage of the tournament.

The Indian batting, apart from Virat Kohli has looked pretty shaky with Rohit, Dhawan and especially Raina all falling cheaply at both Nagpur and Kolkata. Yuvraj too has not had much to do in the middle and it is only Kohli and to an extent Dhoni who have carried the Indian batting in the recent games. A game against the weaker Bangladeshi bowling line up might just be the tonic that the Indian batsmen need to get back in form.

The Bangladesh bowling attack will be sans Taskin and Arafat, both of whom have been banned after their bowling actions were deemed to be illegal. Their bowlers strived manly against a strong Aussie line up at Bangalore, with Mustafizur and Shakib being the key men. Mustafizur is someone who has tasted plenty of success against India and he will be hoping to make an impact in tomorrow's game as well.

The Bangla batting has also been in good form with Tamim, Sabbir, Shakib and Mahmudullah all making runs in some game or the other from Asia Cup onwards to the qualifying games and also against Pakistan and Australia. Tamim missed the match against Australia due to fever but he should be back for this crucial encounter.

The Indian bowling was expected to be carried on the shoulders of Ashwin buy he had performed well below par in the first two games on helpful pitches. Nehra and Bumrah have been exceptional at the top of the innings and also been doing a good job at the death.

This being a do or die game for both India and Bangladesh with a loss seriously jeopardising the prospects of a semi final appearance for them. Bangladesh has had a healthy rivalry with India recently and it should be a good game as the stakes are high in this clash.

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