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T20 World Cup: India Vs Bangladesh Match Preview

India and Bangladesh will face each other in the 35th match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide on Nov 2. India is at second in Group 2’s points standings, behind South Africa, while Bangladesh is in the third spot.

India had their first defeat against South Africa after winning against Pakistan and Netherlands. Bangladesh had beaten Zimbabwe by 3 runs and Netherlands by 9 runs but lost against South Africa by 104 runs.

India has usually dominated Bangladesh, having lost just one T20I against them in all their encounters. They would want their top order to start firing and leave the middle and lower order with just the big-hitting and not the rebuilding. India would also like to see their bowlers handle the latter overs better, particularly if they believe R Ashwin can be a handful against Bangladesh’s left-handers.

Bangladesh wouldn’t mind the afterglow of two hard-fought wins. Taskin Ahmed is the standout performer, having taken eight wickets in the Super 12s, including two Player-of-the-Match awards. Mustafizur Rahman and Hasan Mahmud have added to the fast-bowling form, coming up with important contributions in the three matches. Mustafizur’s return to form is particularly crucial for Bangladesh, who have waited patiently for the left-arm quick to come good this year.

On the batting side, too, Bangladesh’s team management must have heaved a sigh of relief after Najmul Hossain Shanto made a career-best 71 against Zimbabwe. It was only the second fifty by a Bangladeshi opener this year.

India probable XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh.

Bangladesh probable XI: Soumya Sarkar, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mosaddek Hossain, Yasir Ali, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud.

Pitch and conditions

The Adelaide Oval is traditionally a high-scoring ground in the Big Bash, particularly under lights. Sides batting first have averaged 170 batting first in night games. The problem, however, is that there’s a rain forecast for the evening.

The match will begin at 1.30 PM IST. In India, the game will be broadcast on the Star Sports Network. Online viewers can follow the live-action via Disney+Hotstar.

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