It’s a do-or-die situation for team India at the moment and thing’s just can’t get more serious than this. India will take on Bangladesh in the 25th game of the ICC World T20 2016 at Bangalore on Wednesday. India registered a fine victory against arch-rivals Pakistan in their recent clash as they won the game by six wickets and 13 balls to spare. They gave regained their confidence after a dramatic loss against New Zealand in their opening game. Bangladesh on the other hand, will have to win this game at any cost in order to keep some hopes alive in the tournament. They have lost both the games played so far against Pakistan and then Australia. They put up a valiant performance against the formidable side of Australia but didn’t manage to taste success. ICC World T20 2016, Bangladesh overview: Rising ‘Tigers’ look to add another feather in their cap

Coming into this game, India held an upper hand as they have emerged victorious in the Asia Cup and have defeated Bangladesh on couple of occasions in their own den. India have a well-balanced side with all their bases well covered. Their batting hails of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni. Though the forms of Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina have been questionable but one can expect them to make a comeback in no time.

Kohli has been the key for Indian and will hold a lot of importance if India eyes to win this game. Their spin attack boasts of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who have been instrumental with the ball if there is any help in the pitch. They will once again hold the key as Bangalore wicket may offer some turn. Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah on the hand, have done reasonably well in leading the pace attack and have managed to chip early wickets with the new ball. On a whole, India looks a more complete side which is equally effective with bat and ball.

For Bangladesh, they’ve been hampered with injuries and bans. But the good news for them is their strike bowler Mustafizur Rahman is back into the attack and will have a role to play with the ball against India. As the latter have some dreadful memories related with the canny left-arm Bangladeshi pacer. Their top-order looks good with Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman in the line up but Soumya Sarkar has not done anything noteworthy in the recent times and need to fire with the bat.

Their middle-order inspires confidence with the in form Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. They have a decent pace attack with Mashrafe Mortaza, Al-Amin Hossain and Mustafizur and well back by Shakib and Saqlain Sajib in the spin department. The whole team need to step up on such crucial encounter.

 

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(Suraj Choudhari, an avid cricket follower who plays the sport at club level, is a staffer with Criclife)