With India likely to qualify and Rohit talking about how he is willing to change the team if needed I think it’s essential that we make this change in the Bangladesh game to give Yuzi some breathing space before the knockouts.
Pakistan and South Africa’s LHB middle order had put Ashwin above Chahal in the pecking order but this won’t be the case as India looks to get back into winning ways after failing the Proteas challenge while Bangladesh is in a strong position to push for a top 2 spot.
India travels to their 3rd venue this campaign as they face off against Bangladesh at the Adelaide oval.
Adelaide has the highest par score as the swing, seam and bounce variables are down this in the ground.
India will also be playing the second match of the day on the same pitch which means that the pitch would be on the slower side.
This edition of the world cup hasn’t seen a game in Adelaide yet but the conditions at hand aren’t threatening any of the sides. With both teams being south Asian, the advantages and disadvantages of the ground will go hand in hand as they have slightly similar home conditions.
IND vs BAN Match Preview:
With Abanxar set to return to the side as an all-rounder, India will have to think about Ashwins position in the team. With the team dynamic at hand and Shami being the middle enforcer with his hard lengths. Team India now needs a wicket-taking spinner in the middle overs to break the deadlock.
They struggled to do the same against South Africa as Makram-Miller assessed and took a liking to the off-spinner.
Despite Ashwin providing the extra batting depth, this is now the best time to bring Yuzi Chahal into the XI. 65.2% of the wickets taken at the Adelaide Oval have been by leg spinners with the off-spinners having a mere 12.1%. This is by far the highest differential in any of the venues.
Yuzi has also shown us his ability to bowl an over or two in the death overs which takes advantage of the large boundaries and the big-hitting finishers who often struggle against leg spin.
Despite being in a strong position, Bangladesh has to face 2 tough opponents in their next 2 games. After the thrashing from South Africa and the captain publicly stating that his team are not here to win the world cup. It is unlikely that Bangladesh will move on to the next round.
Key players/Must Have Fantasy Picks
Shakib Al Hasan
Captain and one of their finest players. Shakib is the ideal player for a T20i.
Coming in at 4 as an LHB he gets to play against bowlers who are worse against left-armed batsmen as a left-arm spinner he is one who can take the ball away from the right-handers while also pitching it in the tight lengths to put the team under pressure.
Bangladesh has been a team that hasn’t inspired a lot of confidence but Shakib’s 3-dimensional skill set makes him a very valuable player.
With the Indian openers set to prove a point while India will look to take a more aggressive approach in the middle overs to get wickets, the stage is set for Shakib to show his skills against a top-quality side.
Indian openers continue their horrid run and things are not looking good. We have seen Rohit play a shot to ease the pressure and he fell victim while Rahul looks like a ghost of his previous self.
K.L Rahul has not been looking to score. The flamboyant batsmen who would play pick-up shots of all lengths and put fear in the minds of bowlers are no more as the Rahul who is batting now looks ultra-cautious if there is any sort of movement and is playing shots without any confidence.
The management has stated that they won’t be dropping Rahul and I think this is the correct decision. If anybody knows how to come back from this it is KL Rahul. He did this back in 2018 and I am sure he can do it against.
His lack of runs is not because of any skill issue nor is it because of bad luck. It’s just because him playing cautious shots which usually doesn’t put him into trouble. With India playing Bangladesh, I think KL will come out with all guns blazing and look to make a statement.
It’s criminal for a batsman of his stature to look spineless against a bowler and he knows it. With nothing more to lose, we can see him playing with more freedom and this might just open the floodgates for him in this tournament.
Dream11 Team for IND vs BAN
India is going to win this game by a huge margin as the team has shown a lot of character in this tournament. Arshdeep and Shami are rocking their new roles and Bhuvi’s form is making this trio a very tough one to face. Surya Kumar and Virat are scoring runs and taking India out of tough situations is becoming a habit for them. Despite certain departments failing an effort is being made to improve and this seems like a good time for everything to fall into place.
A couple of close wins and a thrashing from South Africa. Bangladesh has been tactically poor and Shakib’s statement has to be the final nail in the coffin. If a captain himself has put out words like out to the public, similar energy can be expected to be in the team atmosphere as well.
- Highest Run Scorer- KL Rahul
- Highest Wicket Taker- Arshdeep Singh
- Man of the Match- KL Rahul