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World T20 Preview: India vs Bangladesh

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After a disappointing start to their World T20 2014 campaign against the West Indies, hosts Bangladesh look to redeem themselves against one of the tournament’s power houses, India in what promises to be an exciting contest to be played on the 28th of March in Dhaka. The Bangla boys lost by a big margin of 73 runs against the reigning champions, and while West Indies found their mojo in the contest, a better performance with the bat was definitely warranted from the home side, who were bowled for a mere 98 chasing 171.

Bangladesh’s senior batsmen in Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim need to shoulder more responsibility against an Indian bowling attack high on confidence.   Bangladesh will bank heavily on their spinners in their bowling department but that ploy could backfire against India, who are good at playing the big shots against the spinners.


India on the other hand had two near perfect games and are probably the most settled side in the tournament so far. There will not be too many changes expected from the XI’s that played against Pakistan and West Indies, but the place of India’s T20 batting trump card Yuvraj Singh is a definite worry. The hard-hitting left-hander needs to make runs with the bat and also look to contribute with the ball to avoid being dropped in favour of Ajinkya Rahane, who has already taken Yuvraj’s one day international spot at No.4. India’s seam bowling, which has often been a cause of concern for the men in blue, was also better in the game against the West Indies with swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar making good use of the conditions and coming up with exceptional figures. Amit Mishra too has been a revelation in the tournament with his exceptional leg-spin bowling so far, and should he continue his good form right through the tournament, India will be one of the favourites.

Key Players:

A Razzak: He is undoubtedly Bangladesh’s best bowler for the conditions, given his quick and fiery left arm spinners and hosts will be hoping for an authoritative display from him.

A Mishra: Mishra’s brilliant form makes him the force to reckon with in this Indian bowling outfit, and should he pick up crucial wickets, India will be well on their way to a victory.

Pitch and Conditions:

The wicket in Dhaka seems to be coming on better onto the bat in the second innings at night so the team bowling first will have the advantage of having to contend with less dew.

Match Prediction: India will win a close contest.