India is at the second spot in the points table and is one win away from qualifying for semi-final whereas Bangladesh is in the sixth spot and they have to win the remaining two matches to keep their semi-final hopes alive when they take on India at Edgbaston today. India will look to solve their middle order worries as Jadhav and Dhoni are not at their prime best and batting all-rounder Vijay Shankar was ruled out of the tournament due to injury. When chasing big totals India needs their middle order to fire but fails consistently is a point of concern. Their first choice bowler Bhuvaneshwar Kumar has declared fit so Chalal will make a way for him considering Bangladesh's fast bowling woes. With Indian pacers failed to take early wickets which is India's strength over the years Bhuvi’s inclusion will help to solve this issue.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, is clearly riding on the form of Shakib Al Hassan who took 10 wickets and scored 436 runs as of now. He got ample support from his batsmen like Liton Das, Mushifiqur Rahim, and Tamim Iqbal. But when it comes to bowling especially their pace bowlers are not living up to their expectation. Their captain Mortaza is having a terrible world cup as he has just picked up a wicket till date so Indians will definitely look to exploit their weakness. Considering the history Bangladesh has given a tough challenge to men in blue when it comes to ICC tournaments is concerned. So they will look to repeat the same in order to progress to semi-finals.
Both the teams have met against each other in 3 occasions and India have won two out of them and Bangladesh has earned their famous victory which closed India's door in their 2007 world cup campaign. As mentioned earlier Bangladesh has given a tough challenge when it comes to the world cup is concerned and even today we can expect the same from them.
Expected playing XI:
India: Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar ,Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, and Jasprit Bumrah.
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman
Players to watch out for:
Virat Kohli is having a different world cup this time. No one can question about his form but he is not converting that fifties into big hundreds. That is the issue for India even in the last match against England he forged a beautiful partnership with Rohit but got out at the crucial occasion. With week bowling line-up Kohli will look to exploit them and put a strong score on board.
You can’t keep Rohit Sharma away for a long period of time. He had quite starred in a couple of matches but got a terrific hundred against England which helps India to get past the 300-mark in the tournament. Rohit Sharma will look to repeat the same performance that will help him to boost his confidence even further.
Shakib Al Hassan:
One of the gifted all-rounders Shakib al Hassan is having a stunning world cup this year. He is the major reason for Bangladesh's better showing and he will look to repeat the same performance which will help Bangladesh to upset the world’s No.1 ranked team.
Another talented wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim is doing a supporting role to Shakib al Hassan and even he managed three 50-plus scores. He will look to continue his rich vein of form that can help Bangladesh to counter India's fearsome bowling line-up.
With week bowling attack Virat Kohli will look to bat first if he won the toss and score heavy which will help his team to earn a semi-final berth. India will be having a smooth sailing today considering their form.