India v Bangladesh, World T20, Group 2, Bangalore March 22, 2016

Rattled Bangladesh run into resurgent India


Match facts

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Start time 1930 local (1400 GMT)

Play 01:34
Manjrekar: Expect Rohit, Dhawan and Raina to fire

Big Picture

After a thumping loss to New Zealand in their opening game, India found their footing with a Virat Kohli masterclass against Pakistan, and are now eyeing the semi-finals. They will face a Bangladesh side, reeling from two defeats, to add to the absence of Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny.

Bangladesh, however, pushed Australia on Monday right till the finish. The returning Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan led Bangladesh's defence with five wickets between them. Bangladesh, though, will miss Taskin's fire and pace, upfront as well as at the death, against India.

India are now in a position to take advantage of Bangladesh who need to win their remaining matches and rely on other results going their way. Kohli has been the key to India's batting, but they would like to see consistency from Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina. Rohit Sharma, too, needs to step up, having made only 25 in his last three innings, including 10 against South Africa in a warm-up match. India, however, will be buoyed by Yuvraj's resurgence in the middle order.

The bowling, led by R Ashwin, looks in good shape, with Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravindra Jadeja giving support. Nehra has been effective in the Powerplays, while Bumrah has hit the blockhole regularly in the slog overs in addition to bowling well with the new ball.

Bangladesh's batting woes will be compounded if Tamim Iqbal isn't fit to play. Soumya Sarkar has promised much, but seems to be bogged down by a mental block. This means that there will be more responsibility on Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, and Shakib Al Hasan.

Form guide

(last five completed matches, most recent first)

India: WLWWW

Bangladesh: LLWWL

In the spotlight

Suresh Raina is a senior figure in the team and has contributed with the ball and on the field, but his batting form has been poor. He hasn't made a 50-plus score in T20 internationals since June 2010.

Shuvagata Hom was rushed to Bangalore as a replacement player, and his performance against Australia reflected the fatigue, which could have been handled better by the team management. He will have to lift his game against India and shoulder the responsibility of giving his side a good finish, and sharpness in the field.

Team news

India are unlikely to make any changes. They generally don't change their combination unless there is a pressing need, and MS Dhoni after the Pakistan match, stressed on the need to back players like Raina and Dhawan.

India (probable): 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Ashish Nehra

Shuvagata Hom being picked ahead of Nasir Hossain against Australia was surprising, given that the latter has been with the side since the start of the World T20. Tamim Iqbal, who missed the Australia match with food poisoning, is not a certain starter.

Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal/Mohammad Mithun, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Sabbir Rahman, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Nasir Hossain/Shuvagata Hom, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), 9 Al-Amin Hossain, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Saqlain Sajib

Pitch and conditions

Bangalore has experienced sweltering heat recently, with temperatures rising to the high 30s. The pitch played fairly true in the Australia-Bangladesh match - like most Chinnaswamy pitches do - but offered more grip to the slower bowlers than it usually does.

Stats and trivia

  • In the four T20Is between them so far, Bangladesh's opening partnership against India has lasted between 2.2 and 4 overs while India has seen their opening partnership stay between 1.3 and 7.2 overs against Bangladesh.


"Taskin Ahmed has been a very important bowler for them, but at the same time Mustafizur Rahman, who did not play 2-3 matches in between because of a side strain, he is back. Al-Amin is there. They have depth in bowling. Shakib Al Hasan is a very good allrounder, so I don't think their bowling is weakened in any way because of one or two players not being there."

India pacer Ashish Nehra on whether Bangladesh were weakened by the absence of Taskin Ahmed

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Rajshekar on March 25, 2016, 22:24 GMT

    Before destruction is pride, And before stumbling -- a haughty spirit.' well well well! they deserve this loss! have a safe flight

  • Ashmead on March 24, 2016, 23:22 GMT

    Bangladesh should ban Mahmudulla and Mushfiqur for the rest of the year. Both are experienced players who should know better that playing for a 'win it in style' shot.

  • John on March 23, 2016, 18:35 GMT

    What really happened to Dhoni on Yuvi? Why Yuvi had not given a chance yet to bowl in this series though the pitch seems to be good for spinning.Though Pandya took wicket to win the match I believe in the last three matches,spinners(Yuvi,Ashwin,Jadu,Raina) would have preferred the most in the middle overs.Not sure what Dhoni has in his mind.Harbajan or Pawan Negi would have been given chance according to the condition.Good India Won the match.But India's last match against Aussies is crucial.It's a must win match if we lost then have to come out due to low run rate.I agree Dhoni is a Good Captain but at times he seems to be not at the best in terms of choosing or giving the chance to the players according to the condition.Well done India.Best of Luck to the next match to keep the series alive.

  • mukesh on March 23, 2016, 14:57 GMT

    Excellent bowling from Bangla . 5 overs no boundary finally Raina gets one 6. But not in control. If Raina can't play short balls from MM n al-amin. He should start keeping it down. On this slow pitches short balls should sit up nicely. See every reason why he is not a test match batsmen.

  • mukesh on March 23, 2016, 14:08 GMT

    Group B has converted into who gets more net runrate against Bangla. Pakistan is only team to do it with aplomb. India needs to be careful with amount of spin in second over! But still needs to go for it in full throttle. Watch out for Dhawan !

  • Ammaar on March 23, 2016, 13:56 GMT

    I think India should think winning the match rather than Net run rate. India if scores 200 and Bangladesh are 40 for 3 in first 6 overs then India should attack with the bowl. Best of Luck India. Hope to see at Semis.

  • Rafid on March 23, 2016, 13:53 GMT

    Good news is Tamim is back though not quite sure is he totally match fit. If we have to do something good, we've got to improve fielding much, much, much better than the previous match. Fielding like we did vs Australia will be used gladly by the strong Indian batting plus outfield of Chinnaswami is small and lightning fast. Hope Al Amin, Mash and Fizz train will hit early to make it easier for Shakib & Co. After all, praying for a 'Bengal Roar' in Bangalore :D Go Tigers! ! !

  • OmerPaki123 on March 23, 2016, 13:52 GMT

    BD help out PAK by winning if not then at least don't lose by too many runs put up a fight.

  • Vivekanand on March 23, 2016, 13:51 GMT

    I do no think Run Rates really matter at this point. The math is simple, India should win both the matches to stay in the fray.

  • Joe on March 23, 2016, 13:45 GMT

    This group will be an absolute thriller if BD somehow manages to win this game.

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