The 2014 ICC World Twenty20 is reaching its crucial stage and the teams are fighting among them for a spot in the last four. If we defeat India, we won’t consider that as an upset. These are the words quoted by Bangladesh pacer Mashrafe Mortaza ahead of the minnows’ clash against World Champions India in the recently concluded Asia Cup. Even after releasing such a statement, the Bangladeshis failed to stop India from cruising towards a victory. Yet again, the two South Asian rivals’ face-off each other in a group 1 clash in the 2014 World Cup T20. After surviving a last minute scare from Nepal, the Bangladesh Cricket team made it to the super 10’s of the 2014 World Cup T20 much to the delight of the home fans. In their first round-robin cash, the hosts were laid low to a massive loss against the defending champions West Indies. They will hoping for a quick turn-around in the match against India who are just a victory away from a spot in the semi-finals. Here is the analysis of what both the teams have in store ahead of their clash on Friday.  

Head-to-Head in T20’s: Both India and Bangladesh have faced each other only once in T20 format and that match took place at the 2009 ICC World Cup T20 in Edgbaston, England where the men in blue came out victorious.

Pitch Report: The wickets at the Sher-E-Bangla stadium has been assisting the spinners since the start of the 2014 World Cup T20. For the clash between the neighbours, there is less chance of a change in the nature of the wicket. Both the teams are packed with some world class spinners and the tweakers are expected to have a big role in deciding the outcome of the clash.

Weather Report: The weather might not be a concern for the game but the dew is expected to cause some problems for the bowlers as the game moves on. So it is likely that the skipper who wins the toss will opt to field first.

After coming off from a thrashing against windies, the Bangladeshis will have their task cut out against India. Nothing except the toss went well for the hosts and the skipper has to take the entire responsibility for the loss as he failed to use his bowlers effectively. Even their star player Shakib Al Hasan failed miserably and he will look to get back to his best against India. The Bangladeshis will look forward to their openers to lay a strong foundation at the top so that the batsmen coming down the order can play their shots from the word go.

As far as their bowling is concerned, their new ball bowlers are failing consistently to pick early wickets and that mounts the pressure on the spinners to check the flow of runs and pick some wickets. Bangladesh needs their bowlers to come good if they expect a good show against India. Their ground fielding too is sloppy as the fielders convert singles and twos into boundaries and sixes. They need to put up a strong show in the field to restrict the mighty Indian batting line-up. They will be banking on Shakib to deliver the goods against India.

Bangladesh Possible Playing XI: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shabbir Rahman, Ziaur Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Al Amin Hossain, Abdur Razzaq.

After a long time, everything seems to go India’s way in the 2014 World Cup T20. Even their weak link, i.e. their bowling too has been a positive with the spin trio of Ashwin, Jadeja and Mishra keeping the opposition under check. They are well complemented by their seamers who are hitting the purple patch when it is needed the most. Their batting too has gone great guns blazing and they’ll hope for a win against Bangladesh which would put them in the last four.

The form of Yuvraj Singh along with the catching will be a worry for the team management. Yuvraj is far from his best and has completely lost his confidence in his game. Yuvraj at top gear will be a blessing in disguise for the Indians. They will look to improve their catching as the tournament is about to enter into its crucial stage. Keeping Shakib at bay will put the Indians on top against the Bangladesh.

India’s Possible Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami.

Prediction:

With the kind of form India is in, there is no doubt that India will come out victorious.

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has a pretty decent record against India and a good show can be expected from him against his favourite opposition.

Yuvraj Singh is in due for a big knock and the Friday could be his day for playing an innings of his calibre.