After a satisfactory all-round performance against Kane Williamson-led side New Zealand at the Kennington Oval in London, Virat Kohli must be delighted to face Mashrafe Bin Mortaza-led in their final warm-up game on Tuesday, as Bangladesh is considered a minnow.
Brimming with confidence, Men in Blue has won their first of two-match warm-up game by 45 runs, on the basis of Duckwork-Levis Method on Sunday night after rain interrupted the play.
Earlier, batting first, Kiwis were bundled out for 189 in 38.4 overs as India were 129 for 3 in 26 overs when rain stopped the play. Virat Kohli, who was given a couple of chances by Kiwis, went on to score 52 off 55 balls, in a bid to return to the form after having a lean patch in the recently concluded Indian Premier League season 10.
On the other side, coming at number five position, wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 21-ball 17 which included two fours and a six.
The convincing performance from the Virat Kohli-led team has not only impressed their fans in the United Kingdom but has sent an open warning to the other seven competitive team which are scheduled to wrestle from June 1 for the coveted trophy.
The seam bowlers did well as Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bagged three wickets each by bowling at the right areas which further made things harder for the Black Caps batsman. The left-arm orthodox spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who has been a revelation, has once again delivered goods as he picked two wickets in quick succession.
Ace off-spinner Ashwin, who was making a sort of comeback to cricket in particular after nursing sports hernia, claimed a wicket alongside Umesh Yadav, who is known for his athleticism as key players have performed remarkably well before left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan did well with the bat on a placid surface like The Oval.
However, all-rounder Hardik Pandya, top-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane and wicket-keeper batsmen didn’t come well in the fixture as they are known to deliver the punch above their weight.
Sportzwiki believes the following pointers must be addressed to come good in the tournament as defending champions are touted as one of the red-hot favourites, in this multilateral event, in the United Kingdom.