Bangladesh v India, 1st ODI, Mirpur June 14, 2014

Bangladesh's chance to make statement

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Match facts

Sunday, June 15, 2014
Start time 1300 local (0700 GMT)

Big Picture

"I didn't expect them to take this series so lightly," Mushfiqur Rahim had said after taking a look at India's second-string squad for the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh. Just how lightly? Sample this. The bowlers in this India squad have played a combined 87 ODIs. Abdur Razzak has played 150. Mashrafe Mortaza, in spite of all his injuries, has played 133. In fact, no player in this squad barring the captain Suresh Raina has played even 40 ODIs.

"After seeing their team, I realised that there will more expectations on us," Mushfiqur added. Which is what makes this series stand out from a usual India-Bangladesh contest. Without any disrespect to them, Bangladesh are never expected to beat India. When they have done so on the odd occasion in the past, like in the 2007 World Cup and the 2012 Asia Cup, defeat has come as a shock for the Indians.

Trying to compete, giving a fight. These are standard utterances from Mushfiqur ahead of a clash with big sides. This time, Bangladesh cannot go in any with any expectation less ambitious than winning the series. They are a far more capable side one-day side in home conditions than their recent results show. They have three established star batsmen in Mushfiqur, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, they have a highly promising younger crop in Nasir Hossain, Anamul Haque and Mominul Haque. Mortaza has young quicks such as Al-Amin Hossain and Taskin Ahmed to assist him. The spin department has the usual names to call upon.

What Bangladesh should ideally want to achieve will not change India's expectations from the series. Raina will not want another dud on his captaincy resume after the Zimbabwe tri-series of 2010. That hardly anyone in his side can count himself as a guaranteed starter in a full-strength India line-up will motivate them. As also the fact that if they lose, it will be India that would have lost, and not India A, as Mushfiqur has helpfully pointed out.

Form guide

Bangladesh: LLLLL (most recent first)
India: WLLWL

In the spotlight

Rated the best wicketkeeper currently in India by many, the tag has brought little joy to Wriddhiman Saha. He has played three ODIs compared to Dinesh Karthik's 71. A poor Asia Cup for the latter has contributed to opening up an opportunity for Saha in Bangladesh. Saha has a first-class average of 45.90 and a List A one of 44.91, but it has taken a standout IPL - 362 runs, including a century in the final, at a strike-rate of 145.38 - to probably ram home the truth that he is an extremely useful batsman. He now has the opportunity to make himself the regular second keeper in ODIs too.

Bangladesh would like to rattle India at the start, and there is no one better equipped than Tamim Iqbal to do that. However, he is yet to make more than 31 this year across all international formats. His last international fifty came more than seven months ago. As he has said, he has batted long in the nets, but it is something that has to be finally sorted out in the middle. Bangladesh will hope the sorting happens early in the series.

Team news

Ziaur Rehman, Taskin Ahmed and Mithun Ali are the ones likely to sit out for the hosts.

Bangladesh (possible) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Anamul Haque (wk), 3 Mominul Haque, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Nasir Hossain, 7 Mahmudullah, 8 Abdur Razzak, 9 Sohag Gazi, 10 Mashrafe Mortaza, 11 Al-Amin Hossain

One of spinners Akshar Patel and Parvez Rasool could make his India debut. India have tried Ajinkya Rahane at No. 4 for a while now. It has to be seen if he retains that position or is pushed further up the order with the regular top three rested. Raina will also have to decide whether to strengthen the batting with Stuart Binny or include a third specialist fast bowler.

India (possible) 1 Robin Uthappa, 2 Cheteshwar Pujara, 3 Ajinkya Rahane, 4 Suresh Raina (capt), 5 Ambati Rayudu/Manoj Tiwary, 6 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 7 Parvez Rasool /Akshar Patel, 8 Amit Mishra, 9 Vinay Kumar, 10 Mohit Sharma, 11 Umesh Yadav

Pitch and conditions

In the Asia Cup earlier this year, there was only one game involving 300-plus totals. There was turn for spinners in the World T20 two months ago. There will surely be a better contest between bat and ball in Mirpur than there was in the IPL.

Dhaka is sweltering at nearly 40 degrees, but there is also rain around, and some of it is forecast for the evening of the match. Dew is not expected to be a big factor in the evening.

Stats and trivia

  • India have played only five ODIs against Bangladesh in bilateral series, the lowest by any Test side against the hosts

  • The overall head-to-head is 22-3 in favour of India

  • Robin Uthappa's previous ODI was way back in July 2008 in Karachi

  • Bangladesh have lost their previous seven ODIs. Of their previous 11 completed one-dayers, India have won only two, against Afghanistan and Bangladesh

    Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on June 16, 2014, 2:17 GMT

    @cvenka- India has to look for the future too, next year's world cup is on the mind of Indian administrators and also the tour to England next month..It's extremely important to keep your best players fresh both mentally and physically before a tough and tiring tour like England's.. 5 test matches, 5 ODIs and 1 T20.. IPL is the biggest tournament in world cricket only behind the world cup so It's important too.. It doesn't matter what you think, BCCI and Dhoni will do what's best for the team.. They needed rest as they were playing from past 5 to 6 monthd continuosly..Indian players are not machines, They are humans just like every other cricketer on the planet.. I don't know what's your problem is with Indians or Indian cricketers and IPL..

  • Cric_info_pak on June 15, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    india is the only better side whom bangladesh beat 3 times ....... well other wise no good side beaten that often reason indian bowler are below test level so bangladesh below average batsmen manage to score easly against them ...... still india got much better batting but bowling makes it close contest

  • cvenka on June 15, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    @cvenka, one more point. here i bow to WICB.... They took action to make sunil naraine to realise that playing for the country is more important than playing for the IPL....Yes joining the squad a day later after IPL would not have made any difference eithe to the team or to sunil. but here the point is team spirit... when all the players of the squad assembled for practice session and one player misses it for personal reason how it will help team spirit? right decision by WICB... BCCI you have much to learn from them....

  • on June 15, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh will do better. think is that indian team is better then BD team but problem is they don't have much experience that's problem

  • on June 15, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Bangladesh has got enough squad to beat India in their home ground. Opener and middle order should play patiently.

  • on June 15, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    I saw Mahmudullah's name in probable first 11 though he is not in the squad! How could that happen?

  • chucking_thug800_wickets on June 15, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    @ alim uz zaman records of Bangladesh suggest that self proclaimed tigers have been the most predictable team.not unpredictable. .

    hope u get wat I mean

  • cvenka on June 15, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    almost all indian players played in the two months long IPL. But almost all of them wants rest to skip BD series! I dont understand their logic. Is playing in IPL more important than playing for the country? what sort of administrators & players we have? I t is the result of having a corporate executive as its chief and a captain who works for the corporate....

  • on June 15, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh will beat India easily .Though ,India is much better than Bangladesh but they have lack of experience which is one of the plus point for the side of Bangladesh team. Last but not the least ,If Tamim & Sakib play by their own style for long period ,i am sure Bangladesh must win.

  • ChandimaEranda on June 15, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    This Indian team is better enough to beat Bangladesh easily. They could have rest Raina. If BD players can give a good fight & close match, it will be a tribute for BD fans who are having over confident of their team.

  • on June 16, 2014, 2:17 GMT

    @cvenka- India has to look for the future too, next year's world cup is on the mind of Indian administrators and also the tour to England next month..It's extremely important to keep your best players fresh both mentally and physically before a tough and tiring tour like England's.. 5 test matches, 5 ODIs and 1 T20.. IPL is the biggest tournament in world cricket only behind the world cup so It's important too.. It doesn't matter what you think, BCCI and Dhoni will do what's best for the team.. They needed rest as they were playing from past 5 to 6 monthd continuosly..Indian players are not machines, They are humans just like every other cricketer on the planet.. I don't know what's your problem is with Indians or Indian cricketers and IPL..

  • Cric_info_pak on June 15, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    india is the only better side whom bangladesh beat 3 times ....... well other wise no good side beaten that often reason indian bowler are below test level so bangladesh below average batsmen manage to score easly against them ...... still india got much better batting but bowling makes it close contest

  • cvenka on June 15, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    @cvenka, one more point. here i bow to WICB.... They took action to make sunil naraine to realise that playing for the country is more important than playing for the IPL....Yes joining the squad a day later after IPL would not have made any difference eithe to the team or to sunil. but here the point is team spirit... when all the players of the squad assembled for practice session and one player misses it for personal reason how it will help team spirit? right decision by WICB... BCCI you have much to learn from them....

  • on June 15, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh will do better. think is that indian team is better then BD team but problem is they don't have much experience that's problem

  • on June 15, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    Bangladesh has got enough squad to beat India in their home ground. Opener and middle order should play patiently.

  • on June 15, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    I saw Mahmudullah's name in probable first 11 though he is not in the squad! How could that happen?

  • chucking_thug800_wickets on June 15, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    @ alim uz zaman records of Bangladesh suggest that self proclaimed tigers have been the most predictable team.not unpredictable. .

    hope u get wat I mean

  • cvenka on June 15, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    almost all indian players played in the two months long IPL. But almost all of them wants rest to skip BD series! I dont understand their logic. Is playing in IPL more important than playing for the country? what sort of administrators & players we have? I t is the result of having a corporate executive as its chief and a captain who works for the corporate....

  • on June 15, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    I hope Bangladesh will beat India easily .Though ,India is much better than Bangladesh but they have lack of experience which is one of the plus point for the side of Bangladesh team. Last but not the least ,If Tamim & Sakib play by their own style for long period ,i am sure Bangladesh must win.

  • ChandimaEranda on June 15, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    This Indian team is better enough to beat Bangladesh easily. They could have rest Raina. If BD players can give a good fight & close match, it will be a tribute for BD fans who are having over confident of their team.

  • on June 15, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    pujara and uthappa should open the inning one aggressor and other will be anchor. At 3 Everyone saying that Ajinkya or Rayudu should bat but i think Raina should bat because he had played crucial inning for csk and india.He should bat at 3 from my point of views and he had scored an century at that number also.

  • on June 15, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Bangladesh will win the series 2-1 but all the matches will be closely contested this is my prediction..:)

  • on June 15, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    have to give puj a fair run before judging him ... rahane is also capable of doing well at no.4 ... only a matter of time ... I guess the team for the WC will be something like - dhawan/ uthappa or pujara/ kohli/ rohit or rahane/ raina/ dhoni/ jadeja/ ashwin/ shami/ umesh and bhuvi

  • on June 15, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Why pick Vinay Kumar??? I don't understand. I would give Aaron a chance in BD before England. Anyways, Good luck to team India and also good luck to my fellow neighbors Bangladesh :)

  • Uzzal_29 on June 15, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    Go Bangladesh! Crush them all who are standing in front of you.

  • Niloy333 on June 15, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    I think Akshar Patel is a better choice than Parvez Rasool, AP is a Slow Left Armer while PR is off breaker, India has skipper Suresh Raina to bowl offbrerak against the lefty batsmen and he can bowl full 10 overs if he wants as he is practicing bowling in almost every International match. To have a destructive start during mandatory field limit, I would prefer Ajanka Rahane instead of C Pujara. Pujara is better in his no.3. Both Mohit Sharma and Vinay Kumar have been beaten up so badly in two previous ODI series, one in abroad and other in home. I expect better from them. Actually I'm a bit surprised at the call of VK. But I won't be surprised if I see Umesh Jadav fires up after having such an IPL season.

  • on June 15, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Bangladesh will win the series by 3-0. Not only Shakib Al Hasan but also Tamim iqbal Mortaza is the international player. So do not underestimate My Bangladesh yet, because Bangladesh is an unpredictable team.

  • on June 15, 2014, 3:52 GMT

    The only difference in strength/talent from the regular Indian side is Kohli. Its a good move from India considering the WC in Australia will start in 12 months. India desperately need to change their existing lineup if they want to reach the semifinals there. OTH Bangladesh desperately need to win to get back some confidence. Experience will be on their side in crucial times when it gets close

  • on June 15, 2014, 3:42 GMT

    @ Nico chun.. Is he cricket fan?? Does he know that all 8-9 players are rested so there is no Dhoni or dhawan or Kumar or kohli. Secondly. He thinks he hav never heard of Saha except IPL final. He does hav no idea of local cricket in India. Saha is the best as keeper in India. He is the second behind Dhoni in test teams and has avg of local odi of 44. So he is no mug with bat either he and samson will be the 2 wk for india in future. Pujara scored 2 hundreds in local challenger trophy

  • Chetan007 on June 15, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    It's not like that India has send their second string side to play against Bangladesh. But it's an opportunity for both the teams to try out their fringe players and give them the chances they deserve to play before selecting their best team for the World cup. Let the players compete for a place in their team to see a fruitful World cup.

  • Chetan007 on June 15, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    Most of the guys were fighting over country and club. I'll also choose country if situation arrives. But playing for IPL is also doing good for country if players manage it properly. New players get opportunity to play alongwith some international standards, which will help them to know how to compete with international players for a place in team, How to build innings and many more things. What if players like Shewag, Gambhir, MS Dhoni, Kohli, Raina, etc will not play IPL. New players will not get opportunity to learn from them. We will able to build one or two teams to manage players in a proper way.

  • jimbond on June 15, 2014, 3:15 GMT

    ODI is a different ball game than T20. Which is probably why Pujara is a better fit in the top order than in T20s. In fact his regular rate of scoring (of about 80-90%) is good enough for ODIs, and his presence will give solidity up the order. In fact the Indian top order of Uthappa, Pujara, Rahane and Raina, Rayudu- looks as good as the original team. Tiwary is very very good on subcontinental tracks with low bounce and no swing. Saha is a much better WK than Karthik, and Amit Mishra is again quite handy on spinning tracks. Vinay Kumar, Yadav, and Mohit Sharma have recently been part of the main ODI team, and are quite skilled on bowling on such dead tracks. Rasool/Patel are as good as Aswin (as their batting for ODI is quite effective and Ashwin's bowling has been quite mediocre in recent years). Overall I think this Indian team is as good as the original Indian team, and BD has no reason to take them lightly.

  • on June 15, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    My Bd XI 1. tamim 2.anamul 3.imrul kayes 4. shakib 5. mushi 6. mominul 7. nasir or mahmudullah 8. razzak 9. mashrafe 10. al amin 11. taskin ahmed

  • on June 15, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    I do not know why they want to have another spinner, Gazi, when they already have Shakib, Razzak, Mahmudullah, and part timers like Nasir, and Mominul. Instead of Gazi add Ziaur Rahman. He is a better batsman and medium pacer who can be handy is a 3rd seamer. BD already has many spinners, they need to use seamers to win the matches. Zia can hit the ball hard too and we need a batsman like him in this series because indians have weak bowling attack this time. But please do not take indians batsman easy regardless of whether they have experience or not.

  • on June 15, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    vinay Kumar is still in the team...can't believe ....

  • on June 15, 2014, 1:59 GMT

    If Rahim thinks he is playing against India A team, he got it wrong. Most of the members have already played for the country. At least Mr. Rahim try to prove your team's worth this time and walk the talk.

  • on June 15, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    BD players are not capable to compete international standard players apart from shakib right at the moment.I dont know why ppl are saying for a good fight...it would be a one sided match and finally bd will lose 3-0...i will be glad if i am proved wrong........

  • Albert_cambell on June 15, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    I expect an easy 3-0 win from BD. Sending a young team is a real smart move from BCCI. We all know India cant win outside their home grounds. If their young team loses this series, the blame will only go to their young team. Not to their senior team.

  • Equal_right2play_cricket on June 14, 2014, 23:36 GMT

    This Ind team has almost same strength than the team in Eng tour. My BD11 is: 1.Anamul, 2.Zia (as pinch hitter), 3.Shakib, 4.Mahmudullah(to give time for settle), 5.Tamim(for regaining form), 6.Mushfiq, 7.Mominul(to resist collapse), 8.Mithun(to strength batting depth), 9.Nasir(treating bowling allrounder), 10.Mashrafee, 11.Razzak

  • ProdigyA on June 14, 2014, 22:21 GMT

    Though this Indian team is second string, it is actually pretty strong. If manoj thwart can't get into the team when he can walk straight into any intl team it just goes to show how strong the team is.

  • on June 14, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    LOLz!! Who is in the Indian team/squad!? That possible line-up looks very strange. I watched the entire IPL (all games were on tv in NZ) and this team looks very influenced by that comp.. that t20 comp. Um..... ?? Really? No Dhawan? You want Pujara instead? Long tail with no all-rounder really... Is it a t20 match? Why is Utthappa there? For getting the purple cap in the IPL? Oh.... wow... India has gone IPL-crazy.... look at the selection of Saha from essentially one knock in the final. The Indian fans and selectors need longer memories and to not get so carried away with the hype / moment. It is the same reason why people are dropped too quickly or too slowly... much to work on methinks... and in many regards. Beating Bangladesh won't tell you much either way. See, a good t20 bowler does not a good ODI bowler make... not necessarily. Different formats require different skill-sets - look at Narine in tests as compared to t20s. Where is Dhoni? He was good in NZ. Knee-jerk selections.

  • on June 14, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    The result should 3-0 to India, otherwise we should change our captain & bring back someo e with attitude.

  • on June 14, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    Bangladesh should hold their nerves in the crucial stages!! they can't blame their lack of experience now cause they have far more experienced side then india!! big names like shakib,tamim,mushi,anamul,razzak,mashrafi needs to fire and other have to give their best!! cricket is all about team performance not individual!!

  • linguboy on June 14, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    @kashi0127: Your Karnataka glass is blinding you I think. Tiwary has a 1st class avg of 60(approx) and you call him a IPL performer??? U even in your earlier post said that MSD wasn't even interested in WT20, could you please tell us who was more interested??? Vinay kumar never performed for India and bowls dollies at 125kmph and you want him to be selected??? he may perform well in green Ranji tracks but no country will provide green tracks anymore. They all provide hard surfaces with lot of bounce that suits hit the deck kind of bowlers. Raina comes as a finisher in ODIs which suits only certain players. Can you please tell me who will finish better than Raina subcontinent or abroad. Karnataka had one good season and the players need to keep that performance for another season to get into the A teams. One season doesn't mean you can select everybody from a Champion ranji team.

  • ramz30380 on June 14, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    @ Kashi0127 - I am sorry to state tht ur comments are laughable to say the least! U picked on MSD & Kohli, now ur picking on Raina?! I agree tht Yusuf,Tiwary, Agarwal, etc., have been IPL regulars but Raina?! Have u watched Indian cricket or not? There have been numerous matches were Raina had saved the day. He is the 2nd best finisher in the Indian Team after MSD. His only short coming is the short ball but so was Ganguly's! The Asia Cup was proof how much he was missed in MSD's absence!

    Yes, IPL isnt a yardstick to measure ODI and I clearly rate Pujara as a better bat than many of the others. But the shorter format is all abt contributing in more than one area - Pujara becomes a burden there. But in Aus pitches, he will be handful. I am sure, the selectors want to test his mettle and hence have selected him for this tour. Lets hope he shines!

  • on June 14, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    who cares. almost all bangladeshis are gonna concentrate on FIFA. a loss by 100 runs wont matter even

  • on June 14, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    Expecting #ChinnaThala to do the job of #Thala @msdhoni.. Excited!! Come on Sonu..

  • osteo on June 14, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    Some one talking about y . pathan. They should remember who smacked in south africa to sa bowlers in2010. What happened last south african tour of indian team . They lost badly.i am very disappointed with unselected y. Pathan(the match winner)

  • on June 14, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    Anything can happen in odi...but this India side won't be able to. Compete Bangladesh

  • on June 14, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    keep calm and you'll win.best of luck bangladesh.

  • on June 14, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    as my view raina can't win this series . major fact is dhoni is not playing & also rohit,kohli ,yubraj, ashwin .Bangladesh are always strong in home. that's i think host side is rock...

  • on June 14, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    RIP bd cricket.forget abt A side.bring the G or H side.i still doubt bd can win with players like tamim,razzak and CAPTAIN mushy.

  • D-Coach on June 14, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Expected Team India's playing 11: 1. R.Uthappa 2. A. Rahane 3. A. Rayudu / C. Pujara 4. S. Raina 5. M. Tiwary / K. Jadhav 6. S. Binny 7. W. Saha 8. A. Patel / A. Mishra 9. P. Rasool / A. Mishra 10. V. Kumar 11. U. Yadav

    I wish some unexpected changes from Team India from the above order. 1. Want Saha to open with Uttapah, 2. K.Jadhav to play in the team as finisher with S. Binny, 3. A.Patel to play in the middle order as batting allrounder, 4. Do not want A.Mishra (eventhough he is best) to play for near future for team India until he learns how to deliver in pressure situation. My playing XI in order ;)

    1. R.Uthappa 2. W.Saha 3. S. Raina 4. A. Rayudu / C. Pujara / A. Rahane 5. A. Patel 6. M. Tiwary 7. K. Jadhav 8. S. Binny 9. P. Rasool 10. V. Kumar 11. U. Yadav

    Team India lacking Left Arm Fast bowler and LH Batsmen. Bangaladesh might try to counter this area. Lets C :P. All the best team India.

  • Kashi0127 on June 14, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    @Ahmed Utein IPL is no yard stick for ODI or for that matter any form of real cricket. There are some players who are just IPL variety - Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Mayank Agarwal, Manoj Tiwari being some of them.

  • on June 14, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    With all due respect, even with this depleted Indian side, i doubt if Bangladesh would compete.

  • Captainman on June 14, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    It depends how BD play and the kind of players they select for 11. If it includes players like Shamsur and Gazi then our Indian team should beat them with ease due to the quality. No disrespect to BD but only Shakib and Rahim are of high standard but the rest are very mediocre and below. Obviously I'm not including new youngsters like Anamul, Mominul, Taskin and Al-Amin as its way too early to judge them but so far they look very promising but whether they can deliver in this series remains to be seen. 3-0 to either side as prediction. Interesting no doubt.

  • computerguru on June 14, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    No hope for BD till mushi remains the captain. His pathetic captaincy will again bring us down. Say, we've batted first and scored 270-290. Will mushi be able to defend that total? His bowler rotation, field placing skills are laughable at best. God save BD cricket.

  • on June 14, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    @Nampally I have follwed a few of your comments & thought u to be a sensible commenter but your thinking of Pujara being a better ODI player than Riana makes no sense ..In limited overs SR is the most critical factor & recent IPL proved how limited is Pujara on strokes & power.

  • on June 14, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    i think rahim(ban skipper) is expecting more.........by seeing india squad.....but,it is impossible to reach their expectations.....how can he justify that india have weak squad......except the couple of spinners....all indian players have played in foreign conditions.........

  • on June 14, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    In Asia cup 2012 India couldn.t defend respectable 287 total vs bab due to worst ever bowling attack............Neither of the bowlers that played that day could retain place in the side

  • on June 14, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    bd r showing some complacent attitude towards indian team,although they dont understand that to beat this indian team,they must have to give 100% n also work very hard.here is some world class talented players like rahane,tiwary,pujara,mohit sharma n akshar patel.n here is consistent in form performers like raina,uthappa.saha.umesh yadav.although this is not seems to any heavy weight name but they all r same category player. instead of this bds showing is very much poor now a days(batting,bowling n also fielding),some players r consistently out of form.so they need strong determination n hardwork to win this series.1st showing n then talking is d best way to answer!

  • ramz30380 on June 14, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    @Kashi0127 - I think U dont understand the hectic schedule tht is in line for the Indian team. If u think MSD wasnt interested in World T20, then results show otherwise, they lost only one match that too the finals! You dare to talk abt two of India's best batsmen in Limited overs!

    BD series wasnt a planned series, it came midway! Its not abt IPL tiring them, its abt the hectic schecule tht India has planned tht is tiring. Do u even think abt these players - any genuine cricket lover wud want MSD to go as long as he can, and for him to do tht, he needs rest - 5 Tests, 5 ODIs, 1 T20s before leaving for Aus is too much of cricket!

    Plz stop these accusations of IPL over ctry, if u want to point a finger at someone then do so at the BCCI for this tireless cricket! On this note, this series is a blessing in disguise for selecting the WC probables & I am sure serious contentders will be part of the ODI squad for Eng.

  • on June 14, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Hope Bangladeshi players will get their form back....wishing good luck to them

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on June 14, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Imrul Kayes is one Bd batsman in form but he is not picked. For this series all Bd batsmen except Sakib are out of form , so I think Bd will be hindiwash in this series. However Anamul can be dangerous for india though. Although Anamul Haque is very inexperienced new , I believe he is the most talented opener from the 4 south-asian countries and in 2/3 years he might become the best opener from asia. The new coaches should take care young promising players like Tashkin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Hossain Roni , taijul Islam , Mosaddek Hossain etc etc.

  • on June 14, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Bangladesh far better team here

  • Kashi0127 on June 14, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    It is alright for the second XI (A side) to be traveling to places like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. However couple of points here:

    Uthappa and Pujara are more than A side material; they both are test material and automatically be in India test 11. However selectors are biased toward Gambit and persist with inspire of repeated failures.

    Dhoni, Kohli being rested because of IPL tiring them is a disgusting excuse. Given a choice they would only play for IPL and for money. We saw how disinterested Dhoni appeared in World T20 as only thing on his mind appeared to be IPL

  • Nampally on June 14, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Pujara is a #3 batsman, so let him play at that spot- Not opening. Rahane has opened the innings many time so he should open with Uthappa. Personally, I would have put Jadhav to open with Uthappa.Playing batsmen at the wrong spots leads to poor performances. A.Patel is far superior to Rasool both in economy & wkt. taking. So he should get the spot. Also Rain can do the off spin. Since Binny has been chosen by the Selectors for the All rounder/medium pacer, try him instead of Vinay Kumar. It will give a chance to prove whether he is for "Real or a Bunny!" India needs good opening stand to get its batting going. Indian Captains are making the mistake of not focussing on regular openers by converting middle order batsmen to open. Pujara is the heart of India's batting either in Tests or in ODI's. Give him a chance to shine at his #3. He is Kohli in this line up. Raina should not bat higher than #5.Tiwary, Rahane or Rayudu can play #4. In this side, the 2 best batsmen are Tiwary & Pujara.

  • Baundele on June 14, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    This is India's best side. The likes of Kohli and Dhoni are extremely tired, which was also evident in their IPL performances.

  • ChiragPathak on June 14, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    . I believe S.Binny should have given a chance to play in final eleven since he is a member of Indian test team visiting England Karn Sharma is rated higher than Amit Mishra even in a IPL, why he miss out here. I would like to have A Patel instead of Mishra. APatel is allrounder, he can bat a bit, taller than Mishra and just 20 year old ( Better fielder than Mishra)

    My 11: Pujara, Uthapa, M.Tiwary, Rahane, Raina, Saha, Binny, Rasool, APatel, MMSharma, U Yadav

    (Binny, Rasool, APatel...all can bat good down the order) .

  • Lakpj on June 14, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    Earlier it was their temperament that caused them here it would be Complacency and over confidence which will haunt Bangladesh. This Indian side may be less experienced but guys like Rahane, Pujara, Tiwary and Rayudu are lot more talented than most Bangladeshi batters.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on June 14, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    @ Narendra Yadav: Star Sports & Gazi TV.

  • on June 14, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    best of luck for india . but which chaannel will telecast this match

  • Warm_Coffee on June 14, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    BD 11:- Tamim, Anamul, Rahim, Mominul, Shakib, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Ziaur, Mashrafe, Razzak and Al-Amin.

  • on June 14, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    No way indians are losing .The only saving grace for bangladesh was their nothing to lose attitude against heavyweights like india,but with a second string indian attack there would be that added pressure.The indian xi should be as good as the regular xi but without that extra baggage.All the "second rate" players chosen for the series have been in satisfactory form and we can see some innovative and rather fearless cricket from the boys in blue.Unless shakib fires,expect a whitewash.

  • on June 14, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    This series will be a test of no 4 spot for india. Manoj tiwary ,rahane and rayudu are contenders and raina is at best at 5 and not 6 . For pujara i think he will get more opportunities in ODI after 2015 wc oly. Tomorrow india should play two spinners. Akshar and mishra. This should be the eleven tomorrow. 1.UTTAPPA 2.RAHANE 3.PUJARA 4.TIWARY 5.RAINA 6.SAHA 7.BINNY 8.AKSHAR PATEL 9.MISHRA 10.MOHIT 11.Umesh yadav

  • on June 14, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    the starting 11 for India should be Uthappa,Pujara,Saha,Tiwary,Raina,Jadhav, Axar,Rasool,Mishra,Yadav,Sharma.I think India hav seen enough of rayudu and rahane and hence oppurtunities for tiwary and jadhav.

  • asiacricket1234 on June 14, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    I am really worried about this series because although on paper it is India's A team but they have some top performer in their team and lot of them have international experience. BD team is completely out of form and if they end up losing this series or even a match than it will be a great shame for us. To be honest I dont think BD team is good enough to win this series unless they shows a massive improvement. Last 5 month has been pathetic and I donno if they will be able to change it here

  • on June 14, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    @Rajan Chugh Star Sports to telecast this :)

  • Warm_Coffee on June 14, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    If Bangladesh does lose this series then we simply shouldn't play at this level. As the article points out this Indian squad for this series is way less of experience whereas Bangladesh is full of it and it will be a real embarrassment for whichever team that loses it. I prefer Ziaur Rahman over Gazi as Gazi is a complete hack and no way Indians will struggle against our spinners (excluding Shakib). Toss will no doubt play a role but if Bangladesh do bat first then realistically we need to put up scores in excess of 300 to stand a chance against them.

  • on June 14, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    India to win this series! Raina Rocks! Go India..

  • on June 14, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    which channel will telecast this series in india

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  • on June 14, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    which channel will telecast this series in india

  • on June 14, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    India to win this series! Raina Rocks! Go India..

  • Warm_Coffee on June 14, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    If Bangladesh does lose this series then we simply shouldn't play at this level. As the article points out this Indian squad for this series is way less of experience whereas Bangladesh is full of it and it will be a real embarrassment for whichever team that loses it. I prefer Ziaur Rahman over Gazi as Gazi is a complete hack and no way Indians will struggle against our spinners (excluding Shakib). Toss will no doubt play a role but if Bangladesh do bat first then realistically we need to put up scores in excess of 300 to stand a chance against them.

  • on June 14, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    @Rajan Chugh Star Sports to telecast this :)

  • asiacricket1234 on June 14, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    I am really worried about this series because although on paper it is India's A team but they have some top performer in their team and lot of them have international experience. BD team is completely out of form and if they end up losing this series or even a match than it will be a great shame for us. To be honest I dont think BD team is good enough to win this series unless they shows a massive improvement. Last 5 month has been pathetic and I donno if they will be able to change it here

  • on June 14, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    the starting 11 for India should be Uthappa,Pujara,Saha,Tiwary,Raina,Jadhav, Axar,Rasool,Mishra,Yadav,Sharma.I think India hav seen enough of rayudu and rahane and hence oppurtunities for tiwary and jadhav.

  • on June 14, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    This series will be a test of no 4 spot for india. Manoj tiwary ,rahane and rayudu are contenders and raina is at best at 5 and not 6 . For pujara i think he will get more opportunities in ODI after 2015 wc oly. Tomorrow india should play two spinners. Akshar and mishra. This should be the eleven tomorrow. 1.UTTAPPA 2.RAHANE 3.PUJARA 4.TIWARY 5.RAINA 6.SAHA 7.BINNY 8.AKSHAR PATEL 9.MISHRA 10.MOHIT 11.Umesh yadav

  • on June 14, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    No way indians are losing .The only saving grace for bangladesh was their nothing to lose attitude against heavyweights like india,but with a second string indian attack there would be that added pressure.The indian xi should be as good as the regular xi but without that extra baggage.All the "second rate" players chosen for the series have been in satisfactory form and we can see some innovative and rather fearless cricket from the boys in blue.Unless shakib fires,expect a whitewash.

  • Warm_Coffee on June 14, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    BD 11:- Tamim, Anamul, Rahim, Mominul, Shakib, Nasir, Mahmudullah, Ziaur, Mashrafe, Razzak and Al-Amin.

  • on June 14, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    best of luck for india . but which chaannel will telecast this match