After a crushing defeat in the first ODI, the Indian Cricket Team will look to give everything they could as their pride is on the line in the ongoing 3 match ODI series against Bangladesh. After being beaten by 79 runs in the first ODI, the Men in Blue will look for change in fortunes when they take on the hosts in the second ODI at the Sher-E-Bangla stadium at Mirpur later today. Here let’s take a look at what is in store for the game.
Pitch Report: The 22 yard strip is likely to behave the same way as it did in the first ODI. Putting a huge total on the cards and defending it is the key to success.
Weather Report: Weather in Mirpur is forecasted to have some rain in the evening. India will be hoping the clouds to stay away on the course of the match. In case of a rain, a reserve day is available tomorrow.
Time: 150 local; 1430 IST
Hosts Bangladesh have a settled playing XI and it won’t be a surprise if they go in with 4 pacers and a lone spinner for tonight’s match as well. Bangladesh’s fortunes all depend on the huge shoulders of Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar, who are expected to give a solid start at the top so that the likes of Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman and Nasir Hossain can cash in on later in the innings. Their bowler has been terrific in the recent past and skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has schuffled them well in the ODIs.
On the other hand, India has some concern in their playing XI as middle order batsman Ajinkya Rahane has proved to be a weak-link in India’s batting. Rahane might just retain his place in the side but there are also chances of Ambati Rayudu getting a look in. Mohit Sharma, who had a good World Cup in Australia has been taken to the cleaners in the sub-continental pitches and gives some huge headache to the team management. In the absence of pacer Mohammad Shami, Mohit Sharma’s place has to be taken by either Stuart Binny or Dhawal Kulkarni.
Last but not the least, the form of Ravindra Jadeja has been the talking point ever since the start of the World Cup as he was highly inconsistent since then. Is this the right time for skipper MS Dhoni to overlook Jadeja in the selection? Having said this, the skipper himself has some issues in his batting technique as he is not in his flourishing best in the series. Indian team management and the fans are hoping Dhoni to regain his midas touch with the bat. Once again, the top three holds the key for India in the crucial match.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahman.
India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Dhawal Kulkarni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Axar Patel.