India who suffered their first defeat of the ICC World Cup 2019 will look to bounce back when they go up against Bangladesh on July 2 (Tuesday) at Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Tigers will have to win both the games and look towards the match between England and New Zealand for progressing to the semifinals.
India’s batting has struggled in the last few games barring Virat Kohli, and they will look to ring a few changes against Bangladesh to revamp their squad. The middle-order is likely to see some new faces who are waiting on the fringes for an opportunity. The spinners have also not looked penetrative, which will keep the management on their toes in the business end of the World Cup. Moreover, they will miss Vijay Shankar who will miss the remainder of the tournament due to a toe injury. Mayank Agarwal, who has come as a replacement is yet to join the squad.
On the other hand, Bangladesh batters have done an outstanding job so far in the World Cup. They have crossed three 300-run mark with Shakib Al Hasan leading the pack. However, it is their bowling which has led them down failing to match with the quality of their batting. The Mashfare Mortaza-led side will look to come out as a unit and play their best cricket of this tournament to pose a challenge to team India. Veteran cricketer Mahmudullah’s fitness, which was a matter of concern before Bangladesh’s break but has had some practice ahead of the game, which should ease their nerves.
Date and Venue: India vs Bangladesh, July 2 (Tuesday) at 3:00 PM IST, Edgbaston in Birmingham
Both India and Bangladesh have had a contrasted campaign so far in the World Cup. While the Men in Blues look to secure their place in the semifinals, Bangladesh will have to win this match to keep themselves in the hunt for a top-four place.
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Virat Kohli & Co have dominated the Tigers losing only five games against them in the history of ODIs. India is likely to increase their winning tally when they play against Bangladesh at Edgbaston and secure their semifinal berth.