Going on current form, I don’t have to predict the outcome of the game which will be played between India and Bangladesh this Friday (28th March).
Currently Indian are favourites to win the game by some distance on whatever parameters you would like to equate.
THE STORY SO FAR
beat Afghanistan by 9 wickets
beat Nepal by 8 wickets
lost to Hong Kong by 2 wickets
lost to West Indies by 73 runs
India (28th March), Pakistan (30th March), Australia (1st April)
beat Pakistan by 7 wickets
beat West Indies by 7 wickets
Bangladesh (28th March), Australia (30th March)
The men in blue started the tournament with too much baggage but once the tournament started, they looked like a totally different team altogether.
Bowling was their main concern but nobody can point a finger after they restricted both of their opponents so far to no more than 130 runs, that’s great news for Indian team. For this a lot of credit should go to Amit Mishra, the man who was warming the bench for quite a long time - but better late than never.
He was instrumental not only for his economy rate but also for taking crucial wickets; both Pakistan and the West Indies did not have a clue how to play him. In the match between India and West Indies, Bhuvneshwar Kumar seemed to have got his swing back and went onto concede only three runs in three overs and that too against Dwayne Smith and Chris Gayle.
These performances will give so much joy to any Indian fans since they don’t have the privilege of watching performances like these so often. Talking about Indian batting which has always been their strength, the lineup is yet to be tested but Indian batsmen are capable enough to handle any situations that may arise in upcoming matches.
Contrary to that, Bangladesh is on a slide losing matches against Hong Kong and West Indies. To be fair, Bangladesh were fortunate to qualify for the Super 10s.
This team must have frustrated their fans like nobody else did, even after playing cricket for so long they have hardly achieved anything to this point.
In their last match against West Indies they failed to reach even 100 while chasing a target of 172 runs. Bangladeshi fans were expecting a better performance against the world champions before their Independence Day celebrations but the team has brought only embarrassment.
The performance was so bad that it was hard to point out what went wrong or in fact what went right.
Though India has couple of concerns like the form of Yuvraj Singh and their fielding (especially dropped catches) but even on their off days the men in blue are expected to win against the spineless Bangladesh.
The hosts have a lot of things on their plate to think about and even a very optimistic person will agree with me about the outcome of the match.
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