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For an opener of Shikhar Dhawan s class, he averages only 21.11 with a strike-rate of 114.11 in T20Is Getty Images

India are back to winnings ways after thumping the arch rivals Pakistan at Kolkata s Eden Gardens by 6 wickets. Given Team India s record against Pakistan in World Cup, it was unlikely that MS Dhoni s men would succumb to pressure in a must-win game. As a matter of fact, India are said to be the most relentless team when it comes to wrestling back being despite being knocked down. Indeed, it appeared like a comprehensive win because of Virat Kohli s masterful innings. However, there are few boxes that still need to be ticked. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Bangladesh, ICC World T20 2016, Super 10 Group 2, Macth 25 at Bengaluru

India s belligerent opener Shikhar Dhawan has not used his bat to blasting effect in ICC World T20 2016. Though India have played only 2 matches in which Dhawan has scored 1 and 6, it is crucial for the southpaw to make his mark in this T20 spectacle. To be honest, he has been hot and cold since he won the Golden Bat in ICC Champions Trophy 2013. Rarely has he stepped up in crucial encounters and displayed his true potential, barring the sensational hundred against South Africa in ICC Cricket World 2015.

For an opener of Dhawan s class, he averages only 21.11 with a strike-rate of 114.11 in T20Is. Arguably, Dhawan has been India s key player in One-Day Internationals (ODI), but his current form has become a spot of bother for Team India. In the four matches he played in the recently concluded Asia Cup, he scored: 2, 1, 6 and 60. The pitch used in the Asia Cup had a tinge of grass on it, making it difficult for Dhawan to find his feat. But, as the tournament progressed, the grass disappeared; and that s when Dhawan plundered 44-ball 60 in the finals against Bangladesh. However, going by the nature of pitches witnessed in this World T20, India will play on square-turners, exposing Dhawan s chinks in his batting armour.

Dhawan along with Suresh Raina are racing against time, as India already have a classicist batsman in Ajinkya Rahane. Dhoni admitted in post-match conferences that it will be difficult to fit Rahane in the team, given Dhawan s past performances and Suresh Raina s all-round ability. ALSO READ: India vs Bangladesh, T20 World Cup 2016 Match 25 at Bengaluru, Preview: India eye victory by huge margin

Raina, India s seasoned match-winner, has not lived up to his true potential with the bat of late. Except the 25-ball 39 heroics in the last T20I encounter Down Under, Raina has not delivered a top-notch knock. Since then he managed to score only 90 runs. Dhoni believes that Raina is the best No. 4 batsman at present, much like No. 3 batsman Kohli. Nonetheless, he has been handy with his off-break, picking up wickets when it matters the most, which given an edge over Rahane.

To be honest, the player of Rahane s class is reduced to playing a second fiddle, as he got to play only 4 out of 13 T20Is India played this year. Thus, his tally of 51 runs in 4 matches does not speak volumes. Nonetheless, he is the best bet on pitches that offer something to the spinners compared to Dhawan and Raina.

There s no room for error at this stage, as India is certain to face elimination if they lose either of their matches against Bangladesh and Australia. For India to qualify for the semi-finals, Dhawan and Raina will have to raise the bar and live up to Dhoni s expectations.

(Kaustubh S. Mayekar, a reporter at CricketCountry, played cricket at U-16 level. Like his idol Rahul Dravid, he often shadow-practises cricket shots. His Twitter handle is @TheCricKnight.)