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Steely India takes on desperate Bangladesh in Pune.

Steely India takes on desperate Bangladesh in Pune.

Rohit Sharma’s India will look to advance to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 semi-finals with a win over Bangladesh in Pune.

Date and location
MCA International Stadium, Pune, Thursday, October 19
Aside from a shaky start in the second innings of their first World Cup match against Australia, which was overcome by a steady stand between Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, India hasn’t let a game slip away from them in the ongoing tournament.

Three of their batters have an average of more than 70, and four of their bowlers have taken wickets for less than 25 runs each.

With six points from three convincing victories, the team is quickly becoming the team to beat in this World Cup.

However, as recent competition results show, any team can win on any given day.

Afghanistan defeated England at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, while the Netherlands stunned South Africa in Dharamsala.

Bangladesh will look to rebound in Pune. Following a victory in their first World Cup match, the Tigers have suffered back-to-back crushing defeats.

In both of their defeats, the opponents gained the upper hand early in the game, forcing Bangladesh to play catch-up.

But the Shakib Al Hasan-led team will know they have everything they need to surprise India. The team features a number of experienced players, including those who have previously won against India.

The presence of all-rounders like Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Shakib, and Mahmudullah adds stability to the lineup. And if the conditions are favorable, their pace attack can be useful as well.

They can also draw strength from the  fact they recently beat India in the Super Four stage of Asia Cup 2023.

India’s squad consists of Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadav.

 

Bangladesh squad: Shakib Al Hasan (c), Litton Kumer Das, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto (vc), Tawhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Shak Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Tanzim Hasan Sakib.

Shreyas Iyer, India’s Key Player
Iyer has improved his game in the two matches since being dismissed for a duck in Chennai. He scored 25 points against Afghanistan and 53 points against Pakistan, respectively.

After recovering from back problems in recent months, the batter appears to be the ideal solution to India’s No.4 batter quandary.

In the context of the Pune match, the Men in Blue will look to Iyer’s ability against spin to counter the Bangladesh tweakers. The middle-order batter has recently faced Bangladesh and performed admirably against their spinners.

Mushfiqur Rahim is a Bangladeshi footballer.
For several years, Bangladesh’s crisis player has been the diminutive keeper-batter. This was evident in his fights against England and New Zealand, respectively.

So far, Mushfiqur Rahim has played the dual role of reviving Bangladesh’s innings after early losses, as well as that of an aggressor after getting his eye in.

His record against India may appear modest, with an ODI average of 31.66. However, he has scored some significant runs against them, including a match-winning unbeaten 56 in the 2007 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

 

 

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