With their unbeaten streak broken in the last match by England, India will come out all guns blazing against a spirited Bangladesh side on July 2 (Tuesday) at Edgbaston in Birmingham. For the Tigers, it a must-win game as one more defeat will knock them out of the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019.
India’s middle-order has been in the headlines in the last three matches. Following their defeat against England, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav were at the heart of the critics for their lack of intent during the chase. As a result, Jadhav in all likelihood will miss out on this game with one among Ravindra Jadeja or Dinesh Karthik coming into the playing XI. Jadeja will be more handy considering his ability to contribute to all the department. On top of that, India will miss the service of Vijay Shankar who is out of the tournament with a toe injury. Mayank Agarwal, who will replace Shankar is yet to make his ODI debut and will join the team after this game.
On the other hand, Bangladesh have produced outstanding efforts consistently putting high scores on the board with the bat so far in the World Cup. However, it is their bowling which has let them up in crucial moments which leaves them with two wins more two matches then hoping for a favourable outcome from New Zealand’s next fixture to make it to the semifinals. Mashrafe Mortaza will have to lead the team from the front and produce their best cricket to outplay the top-ranked ODI side, India.
Date and Venue: India vs Bangladesh, July 2 (Tuesday) at 3:00 PM IST, Edgbaston in Birmingham
India skipper Virat Kohli has won the toss and elected to bat first against Bangladesh at the Riverside Ground.
Here is what the captains said,
We are gonna bat first. It’s a used pitch. In the last game, it was getting slower and slower in the second half of the innings. We think it’s going to keep on deteriorating as the match progresses. Couple of changes looking at the short boundary. One of the wrist spinners is not playing. Kuldeep is not playing. Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes back into the team. Kedar Jadhav misses out and Dinesh Karthikreplaces him. I don’t need to sit down and assess how to convert those (fifties into hundreds), I have done that a lot of times in the past. I’m really enjoying the way I’m batting at the moment. It’s just about contributing to the team.
We wanted to bat first. But against them, it’s not a bad idea to bowl first because they love to chase as well. We’d love to win this do-or-die match. We have to play at our best in every arena. Miraz is not playing; Rubel is playing, an extra seamer. Unfortunately, Mahmudullah isn’t playing; Sabbir Rahmanis coming in.
India: Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Bangladesh: Liton Das, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mustafizur Rahman