With just nine matches remaining in the ICC World Cup 2019 Group Stages, we will witness a subcontinental clash between giant-killers Bangladesh and two-time champions India.
The Indians start as firm favourites to outlast their eastern neighbours in the first encounter between both teams in this tournament.
The Tigers started off in impeccable fashion by registering their highest ever ODI total on the way to beating a distraught South African outfit.
However, they could not repeat their first-match heroics against New Zealand in the second match albeit going down fighting till the last.
Riding on the ever-reliant Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh have still got themselves in the reckoning for a semifinal slot.
On the other hand, India have been in imperious form, and have lost only to England so far. Even though the batting has serious room for improvement, the bowling department has been firing from all cylinders.
Bangladesh (Probable XI): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Mustafizur Rahman.
India (Probable XI): Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
Tamim Iqbal vs Jasprit Bumrah
Tamim Iqbal’s role would most definitely be prominent if Bangladesh are to register a competitive total on the board or if they are to chase the target that the Indians are going to set.
The starts that he gives often solidify the team’s position and that is exactly why the southpaw’s significance can not be stressed enough.
Tamim has scored 6841 runs in 199 matches with a satisfactory average of 36.2.
His strike rate of 78 is surprisingly low for a dasher, but the opener has been a really consistent player for the Tigers over the years.
The 25-year old Jasprit Bumrah has been a revelation, and has been an absolute joy to watch. The slingy fast bowler will be gunning for glory in his first ever World Cup and will be immensely important for India.
The ICC ODI Number 1 Bowler has 95 wickets from 55 ODI matches with an incredible average of 22.35 and a brilliant economy of 4.5.
The battle between Tamim Iqbal and Jasprit Bumrah is billed to be an intriguing one. The flat pitch at Edgbaston is expected to aid the former’s cause. However, Tamim has opted to tread with caution in this tournament.
Bumrah has been exceptional even on the flattest of flat tracks in India, and Edgbaston might be no different. Hence, we expect Bumrah to come up trumps in this particular contest.
Shakib Al Hasan vs Virat Kohli
Arguably the best all-rounder of recent times, Shakib Al Hasan is the backbone of the Bangladesh team by all means.
Shakib is the go-to bowler for Mashrafe Mortaza as he not only curbs the flow of runs, but also gets wickets at crucial junctures of the game.
The Bangladesh talisman has set the World Cup ablaze due to his extraordinary batting displays; but he has been great with the ball as well.
The ICC ODI Number 1 All-rounder has picked up 259 ODI wickets from 204 matches, and has a decent average of 29.96 and an excellent economy of 4.48.
Virat Kohli is easily the premier batsman in the world, be it in any format. His ODI form has been impeccable and the burden of being the Indian captain has not at all affected his form or the team’s fortunes.
Even though he has not been able to convert his starts into centuries, Kohli has managed to score five consecutive fifties in this tournament.
The ICC ODI Number 1 Batsman has 11225 runs from 233 matches at a superlative average of 59.71 and a brilliant strike rate of 93.07.
This battle has the potential of being the blockbuster kind, and we feel that Kohli might have a slight edge on the Edgbaston wicket.
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Considering the team chemistry and form of the Indians pitted against the uncertainty that clouds the Bangladesh team, one would only anticipate an Indian win.
India needs to win one out of their remaining two matches, and Virat Kohli would not want matters to go into the last day. But Bangladesh are capable of an upset, and can not be ruled out outrightly.
However, Team Cricwizz predicts that India would beat Bangladesh and march into the semifinals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
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