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Nidahas Trophy: 2nd Match Preview – Bangladesh v India

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Last Updated on 6 years by Charbel Coorey

Yes, another India v Sri Lanka series, but the refreshing thing this time around is that another team is involved. And hey, if we get the drama we did the last time these two sides met in a T20I, it’d be pretty fun, right?

Bangladesh, in their first match of the tournament, have a chance to put India under real pressure after their first up loss to Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Come on Bangladesh, make this interesting, will you? Their form lately has been shocking, and they miss Shakib Al Hasan big time. He was originally considered a chance for the 2nd Test v Sri Lanka last month, but his finger still hasn’t recovered sufficiently enough, and Bangladesh will again be without him. They have not done well in T20Is in recent years even with Shakib in the side, so the fact that they don’t have him here makes their task even tougher.

India’s less experienced players would have taken plenty of lessons from their loss to Sri Lanka. The powerplay in both innings let them down significantly – India were 40-2 and Sri Lanka were 75-2 at the end of each respective powerplay – such a difference is almost always going to lead to one result. For India, they have a chance to sort this out against a Bangladesh side who are low on confidence.

Shikhar Dhawan spoke of India’s death by powerplays in the opening game

Key to a Bangladesh win

Bangladesh’s batting, while not great, has been holding up a lot better than their bowling in recent times.

To make this match as tricky as possible for India, much will depend on how the likes of Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed and Mehedi Hasan (if selected) perform. In the recent series against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh’s bowlers were carted all over the park in both losses, and will be hoping that Courtney Walsh’s time with the fast bowlers working on their mental strength can pay dividends.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan possess the bulk of experience in this Indian line up, and their wickets early on will put pressure on the Indian middle order. You can’t trust Bangladesh’s batsmen to rack up 170+, and neither can you trust Bangladesh’s bowlers to defend a big score. However, keeping India quiet puts less pressure on the batsmen, so the onus is on the bowlers to perform well.

What impact will the Fizz have?

Key to an India win

It’s no secret that India suffered in the powerplays against Sri Lanka.
Against a bowling attack that looks a little thin, Shikhar Dhawan and co. will be keen to get off to a flyer with the bat, and the bowlers will be hoping for a much less expensive return than the other night. India will be keen for a good start, and with the good showing from the middle order after being 9/2 against Sri Lanka, the men in blue can take the game away from Bangladesh.
In must be noted also, with the ball, India pulled things back pretty well after the initial onslaught to leave Sri Lanka a little nervous towards the end of their chase. However, as a result of the powerplays, they just had too much catching up to do.
Rohit Sharma will be hoping for a better night this time around

Predicted teams

Sabbir Rahman is still frustrating all associated with Bangladesh cricket, and I believe he will miss out in this game. Taskin Ahmed is likely to play, and Bangladesh need to show faith in him because he has shown talent early in his career. Much of the onus with the bat will lie on Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah.
Bangladesh XI: 1. Tamim Iqbal, 2. Soumya Sarkar, 3. Liton Das, 4. Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mahmudullah (c), 6. Ariful Haque, 7. Nurul Hasan, 8. Mehedi Hasan Miraz, 9. Nazmul Hossain, 10. Taskin Ahmed, 11. Mustafizur Rahman
Expect India to give the same team another chance. One change they might make though is Mohammad Siraj for Shardul Thakur, who was expensive and went for 26 in one over against Sri Lanka
India XI: 1. Shikhar Dhawan, 2. Rohit Sharma (c), 3. Suresh Raina, 4. Manish Pandey, 5. Rishabh Pant, 6. Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7. Vijay Shankar, 8. Washington Sundar, 9. Yuzvendra Chahal, 10. Jaydev Unadkat, 11. Mohammed Siraj

Stats and Facts:

  • The last time these two teams met in a T20I was THAT night in Bangalore when Mushfiqur Rahim decided that celebrating early was a better idea than actually hitting the winning runs.
  • India have beaten Bangladesh in all five T20Is between the two teams.
  • India have not lost two T20Is in a row since 2016. They have played 19 games since then.
  • Bangladesh have lost nine of their last 10 T20Is.

Prediction:

Bangladesh certainly have the talent, even without Shakib, to cause India a few headaches.
However, Bangladesh still haven’t mastered the T20I format, which is weird considering they enjoy playing their shots. Their mentality at the moment is quite poor, and they don’t seem to have much direction since Chandika Hathurusinga left. India’s fringe players will believe they have a lot to prove after a challenging first night in the series, and I think India, even without some of their best players, will be too good.
I will stick by my prediction that Bangladesh will not win a game this series.
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Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has also been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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