Indi vs. Bangladesh
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 2, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
India 1.18 Bangladesh 5.50
Bangladesh take on India at Edgbaston on Tuesday. India have had a fantastic World Cup so far and are looking like serious contenders for the title. On the other hand, Bangladesh have surprised a lot of teams and could still qualify for the last four. They have picked up three wins and have seven points from seven matches.
In their last match, Bangladesh beat bottom of the table Afghanistan by 62 runs. They posted 262/7 and bowled Afghanistan out for 200 after 47 overs. Mushfiqur Rahim top scored with 83 runs from 87 balls and Shakib Al Hasan scored a half century with another impressive display with the bat.
Shakib Al Hasan then registered the best bowling figures of the tournament so far, picking up five wickets for just 29 runs. He now has ten wickets to his name at this year’s World Cup and is proving to be one of the players of the tournament. Mustafizur Rahman also bowled well against Afghanistan, helping his side to victory with figures of 2/32 from eight overs.
Shakib Al Hasan is also one of the leading run scorers in the competition. The all-rounder has 476 runs to his name so far and has registered two centuries in the process. He managed 121 against England and his 124 from just 99 deliveries against South Africa is one of the best batting performances we’ve seen so far at the tournament.
India have picked up some impressive results and are many peoples favorites to win the 2019 World Cup. They have claimed some big wins and, despite Bangladesh’s good form, are firm favorites to win on Tuesday. They thrashed West Indies by a massive 125 runs and also beat fierce rivals Pakistan by 89 runs.
India’s bowlers are undoubtedly the most economical in the competition. Mohammed Shami’s 4/16 against West Indies is amongst the best spells we’ve seen at this year’s World Cup and he sits at the top of the economy charts. Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav and Jaspirt Bumhrah also feature high up in those charts. Remarkably, Bumrah conceded just nine runs from six overs against West Indies whilst claiming two wickets in the process.
If Bangladesh are to stand any chance of beating India, star man Shakib Al Hasan must continue to perform at the top of his game. Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das have both chipped in with runs throughout the tournament and will need to produce decent totals against India.
India certainly have a better and more balanced squad than Bangladesh. In Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, they have two of the world’s best batsmen and when they get going, they are extremely difficult to stop.
Bangladesh have performed well at this year’s World Cup and have perhaps exceeded expectations. With that being said, I don’t believe they have enough quality to beat India, especially considering India’s form. I predict that India will claim the victory on Tuesday and cement their top four spot.