India hasn’t exactly been one of the early risers at this World Cup. They come to South Australia with a good chance of qualifying, but they know that if they bowl one ball here instead of there against Pakistan, they’ll be in the same place as they were during last year’s troubled campaign in the UAE. The South Africa game in Perth put a lot of little things about the team under the spotlight. Their stronger batting arm, while methodical and calculated, hasn’t quite set the World Cup on fire as promised. More worrisome is that they are clinging to the last few strands of their fielding reputation, which has been chipped away layer by layer over the last year.
But now that qualification is close, India must refocus on a Bangladesh team that, on paper, they should be too strong for. Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid will try to give the most precise performances they can. They will have to make sure there are no shaky parts in their selection, strategy, or execution, because one more mistake could ruin their plans. They’ll know that in the World Cup, just like in life, you can’t win every battle, but you can try to win the important ones. And Wednesday’s game is one.
Which brings us to their opponents on that day. Bangladesh is a T20 team in transition with a captain who doesn’t want to lead. Even though he tries to downplay his own team’s chances, they are tied with India on points and very much in the race, despite having a low run-rate. Seven years ago, in another World Cup, cricket’s late risers finally showed what they could do when fully awake in Adelaide. Shakib al Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, and Soumya Sarkar are the only ones left from that day, and they’ll hope that Wednesday will be just as important in their T20 journey.
India vs Bangladesh Match time and venue
India vs. Bangladesh, ICC men’s T20 World Cup 2022, November 2, 18:30 local time (13:30 IST) at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
India vs Bangladesh T20I Head to Head:
India wins 10-1 over Bangladesh. India has also won each of its three T20 World Cup matches. The most recent was a dramatic one-run win in Bengaluru in 2016.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant/Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Probable XI: Najmul Hossain Shanto, Soumya Sarkar, Litton Das, Shakib al Hasan (c), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Yasir Ali, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Taskin Ahmed
What they said was:
“It is hard for someone like DK to judge how he has gone about things. Did not get to play many games. He got one back-end ball against Pakistan, but he didn’t bat against the Netherlands. Thought he was building a pretty good relationship with Surya at that point. We needed that little bit of partnership just to get stable, and it just worked out for him, but that’s the way this game is. You play that high-risk shot, and you can get out on that shot. This is why people need to be supported and backed as much as possible in these formats, especially in positions like DK’s at 5 and 6, where you don’t get enough balls and then have to play really high-risk shots without much time to settle in.” – Rahul Dravid and the team management back Dinesh Karthik 100 percent.
“India are the favorites. They have come here to win the World Cup. We’re not the favorite, and we didn’t come here to win the World Cup. You understand the situation. We know very well that if we beat India, it will be called an upset. We’ll try to play our best cricket and try to cause an upset.” Shakib Al Hasan turns down the pressure on his side before the game.