India vs Bangladesh Warm-up Match Preview: TSR presents Predicted Playing 11, Toss prediction and Weather report for tomorrow’s clash
The formidable Indian side will face their South-Asian neighbours on the final day of the Warm-up fixtures on May 28 (Tuesday) at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
ALSO READ: Sanath Jayasuriya death fake news
India were convincingly beaten by New Zealand in their first warm-up match by 6 wickets. The Kiwis had chased down an ordinary 179 posted by India with 12.5 overs to spare, without breaking a sweat. They will be eager to get back into winning ways before the main tournament commences on May 30.
— BCCI (@BCCI) May 26, 2019
On the other hand, Bangladesh are yet to have a taste of English pitches and conditions, as their first Warm-up game against Pakistan was washed out due to rain on May 26 (Sunday). The bad news for them is that their next match against India is also at the very same venue- Cardiff, where possibilities of rain cannot be ruled out. The maximum both teams can thus do, is to keep their fingers crossed and hope for the best.
India vs Bangladesh warm-up match Preview
India showcased a very ordinary performance during their first warm-up game against the Black Caps on May 25 at the Kia Oval in London, as they were drubbed against them by 6 wickets. The top order really struggled against the Kiwi quicks in English swinging conditions with the new ball. Rohit Sharma’s vulnerability with the ball swinging back in, especially against the left-arm pacers (Trent Boult on Saturday) continues to haunt him. While in-form Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul also failed to cash in to the opportunity.
The Bowling department too exhibited some ordinary stuff. Barring the in-form Jasprit Bumrah (4-2-2-1), no other bowler showed what they are really capable of. All eyes were on the two wrist spinners- Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav as they are expected to play a vital during the middle-overs in India’s World Cup campaign. They too didn’t seem to trouble the batsmen at any point in the game, and returned with the figures of 6-0-37-1 and 8.1-0-44-0 respectively. Kuldeep was bowling way too short-a problem he has not yet rectified since his poor IPL performance this year. So, they have a lot to ponder upon before they head towards the clashes that matter the most.
Bangladesh on the other hand, have arrived in England, with some good memories, they’ll cherish for many days to come. They have come on the back of some impressive performances, emerging as winners of the Tri-nation series involving West Indies and Ireland. This was their first ever multi-nation ODI series in International cricket.
The senior players in the side viz. Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Shakib-Al-Hasan are in prime form with the bat.. New comer Abu Jayed, whose spot was uncertain in the final World Cup squad earlier, too produced a match winning spell of 5/58 against Ireland.
They were however annihilated against the Kiwis in the away ODI series in the beginning of this year (3-0). The conditions will be different in England with more swing and bounce on offer. Thus, it will be interesting to see how Bangladesh come out tomorrow against a formidable Indian side.
India vs Bangladesh- Predicted Top playing 11
India have a bit to ponder upon. Their no.4 spot is still a point of contention. KL Rahul walked out to bat at that position, but got out way to cheaply (6 off 10) without troubling the scorers. And with Vijay Shankar not playing in that game, it is still unclear whether Rahul gets another chance tomorrow, or will it be Shankar who’d be tested tomorrow. Kedar Jadhav needs to get a game for sure. His was not in good form during the IPL, and was declared fit in the eleventh hour for the England flight. He is vital for India lower down the order.
Spinners Kuldeep and Chahal will possibly have a go yet again tomorrow. With Jadeja impressive with the bat the other day, it remains to be seen whether he gets a game tomorrow as well.
The Bangladesh team would be looking to back the players who were in some touch with the bat, in the recent series. Their bowlers will have to prove their worth before the selectors, and what’s better than performing well against a team like India.
The teams would be, all-in-all looking to play in the players who they think need more practice than the others, and even those deemed valuable players who need to showcase their form, with bat or ball before the main tournament kicks-off. And that is what forms the basis of our predicted top 11 players from each side.
India Top 11
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami.
Bangladesh Top 11
Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Abu Jayed, Liton Das (wk), Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal.
India vs Bangladesh- Pitch and Weather Condition
Unlike the Pakistan vs Bangladesh Warm-up match, rain is not expected to play a spoilsport on May 28. With temperature forecast of 17 degrees Celsius, the chances of rainfall is mere 20%. The conditions would be partly cloudy.
This is the same venue where the Proteas amassed 338/7 in their 50 overs against Sri Lanka. So both the teams should expect and gear themselves up for another run-fest at the Cardiff Wales Stadium.
Whoever wins the toss would definitely look to bat first considering the predicted pitch tomorrow. India is in dire need for their batsmen to get used to the batting conditions in England. They definitely need to get into their groove before the main tournament kicks-off.
Where would the match telecast?
With the official broadcaster Star, deciding to broadcast all the warm-up matches, the clash between the two sides will be broadcast live on the Star Sports network and Hotstar, and will commence from 03:00 IST.