Lots at stake for both India and Bangladesh in this important game © AFP
Lots at stake for both India and Bangladesh in this important game © AFP

India will be eager to avenge their shocking defeat at the hands of Bangladesh when the two sides meet for the second One-Day International (ODI) at Mirpur on Sunday. Bangladesh put in an excellent all-round performance in the first ODI where they beat a full-strength Indian team by a record 79 runs. It was their biggest ever win in terms of runs against India, and the second best against any Test playing nation. READ:  India showed arrogance and complacency against Bangladesh in 1st ODI

India for their part were guilty of taking it far too easy in the opening encounter. The intensity that was so obvious during ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 was grossly lacking on the field, and most of the batsmen were guilty of succumbing to terrible shots. Virat Kohli’s dismissal in particular suggested an overconfidence that was ultimately their undoing. READ: After hotel in Dhaka, Indian cricketers unhappy with name ‘Za’ N Zee Ice Cream Series’

Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina batted well, but the rest of the team failed to rally around them. Even Rohit and Raina were guilty of getting out at the wrong time; had even one of them played through India could still have won the match. That said, it is unlikely that there will be any changes to the batting line-up. READ: Mustafizur Rahman takes five wickets on ODI debut, becomes 10th man to do so

On the bowling front, however, India might consider making a couple of changes. Ravichandran Ashwin was outstanding as usual, but he was not backed up as well as he should have been. That Raina bowled 10 overs speaks volumes of the inconsistency of the frontline bowlers. Mohit Sharma was all over the place, took a massive pounding in his short spell. His place could be in danger, with Dhawal Kulkarni waiting in the wings. India might also be tempted to bring in Stuart Binny, who famously took 6 for 4 in India’s last tour to the country. READ: Bangladesh — What is so special about this team?

For Bangladesh, it was a dream performance. The batsmen — led by Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, and Shakib Al Hasan but supported well by the others — put the runs on the board, and their young bowling attack routed the fabled Indian line-up. Debutant Mustafizur Rahman snared five Indian wickets to join his opening partner Taskin Ahmed on an exclusive list. READ: Virat Kohli’s recent ODI form is a worrying aspect for India

The challenge for Bangladesh will be to maintain their zeal and ensure that no opportunity goes begging. India will be smarting from the defeat, and will likely go into the match seeking redemption. It is tough to say who the favourites are for this game, but given Bangladesh’s terrific home record recently — this will be their 10th straight ODI win at home, if they manage to beat India again — and how severely India lost the last game, one would give Bangladesh a slight advantage. India is a world-beating side, though; they might have been caught napping once, but it is not likely to happen again. A riveting contest awaits us at Mirpur. READ: Was MS Dhoni right in pushing Mustafizur Rahman aside?


Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasir Hossain, Rony Talukdar, Arafat Sunny, Litton Das, Mominul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal, Taskin Ahmed

India: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni

Time: 15:00 local | 09:00 GMT | 14:30 IST

(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek who loves cricket more than cricketers. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)