GameDay Squad Cricket Match Preview: India come up against Bangladesh in the 17th match of the ICC Men’s World Cup in Pune on the 19th of October.
India played Pakistan in their third match of the CWC, and India won by 7 wickets. India won the toss and elected to field first. Their bowling attack found it tough early on as Pakistan’s top order started to find some form. Pakistan made it through to 155/2 in the 30th over before India started to take control of the match. India took the last eight wickets for 36 runs and were able to bowl Pakistan out for 191 in the 43rd over. India’s run chase was off to a quick start, but they did lose the wicket of Gill in the 3rd over. They continued to find the boundary on a regular basis and chased down the 192-run target in the 31st over.
The top performers in GDS for India were:
Rohit Sharma – 112 points
Jasprit Bumrah – 95 points
Kuldeep Yadav – 78 points
Ravindra Jadeja – 75 points
Shreyas Iyer – 68 points
Bangladesh played New Zealand in their third match of the CWC, and New Zealand won by 8 wickets. New Zealand won the toss and elected to field first. They had immediate success after dismissing Das on the first ball of the innings. Bangladesh found themselves 56/4 in the 12th over before Al Hasan and Rahim put on 96 runs for the fifth wicket. Bangladesh continued to make mini partnerships on their way to 245/9 at the end of the 50 overs. Bangladesh was off to a good start with the ball, dismissing Ravindra in the 3rd over when the score was at 12. Conway and Williamson put on 80 runs for the second wicket before Conway departed for 45 in the 21st over. That was the last wicket Bangladesh took as New Zealand cruised through to the target of 246 with 39 balls to spare.
The top performers in GDS for Bangladesh were:
Shakib Al Hasan – 101 points
Mushfiqur Rahim – 92 points
Mehidy Hasan Miraz – 54 points
Mahmudullah – 51 points
Mustafizur Rahman – 47 points
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium and Pitch Information
The pitch in Pune is sometimes regarded as a batter’s paradise. Fast bowlers may see some seam and swing movement to begin with. However, they will need to bowl a good line and length if they are to keep the batsmen in check. Over the last five ODIs here, the team batting first has scored 300+ on three occasions.
India vs Bangladesh predicted XIs
India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Siraj
Bangladesh: Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahmudullah, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam and Mustafizur Rahman
Who to play in your GDS starting XI
The three batters that I am likely going to start will be Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill and Virat Kohil. Over the last ten matches these players average the following points based on the GDS scoring.
Rohit Sharma – 67 points
Shubman Gill – 80 points
Virat Kohil – 48 points
After being dismissed for a duck against Australia, Sharma has been at his destructive best scoring 131 vs Afghanistan and 86 vs Pakistan at the top of the Indian batting order. Gill made his first appearance of the CWC against Pakistan, and he didn’t really trouble the scorers. Leading into the CWC he was India’s in form batsman and with the pitch favouring batters historically, he will be starting for me in this match. Kohil scored half centuries against Australia and Afghanistan but only scored 16 runs against Pakistan. Basically, on this pitch I favour most of the Indian batters above the Bangladesh ones due to the nature of the surface. I may consider Shanto as a late inclusion if Bangladesh bat first.
If you don’t have the suggested three players in your squad, I have ranked the remaining batters for India and Bangladesh in the following order. Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shreyas Iyer, Tanzid Hasan and Towhid Hridoy.
The four all-rounders that I am likely going to start will be Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja. Over the last ten matches these players average the following points based on the GDS scoring.
Shakib Al Hasan – 99 points
Mehidy Hasan Miraz – 78 points
Hardik Pandya – 69 points
Ravindra Jadeja – 62 points
In GDS there are only seven players combined from India and Bangladesh that have the all-rounder position designation. Only five of these seven players are predicted to play, and Mahmudullah is the one that will be left out for me. Over his last ten ODIs he only averages 41 points, and this is mainly due to him only bowling 13 overs over these games.
The three bowlers that I am likely going to start will be Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Shoriful Islam. Over the last ten matches these players average the following points based on the GDS scoring.
Jasprit Bumrah – 79 points
Kuldeep Yadav – 75 points
Shoriful Islam – 80 points
Bumrah has been outstanding so far in the CWC. He has picked up eight wickets and averages 4.2 dots an over. This comes to an average of 99 points per match in GDS. He is a must start moving forward. Yadav has had a solid start to the tournament and with him coming up against an out of form Bangladesh top order, I like him above any of Bangladesh’s bowlers. Islam rounds out my top three bowlers in this match. I have him ranked slightly in front of Siraj and Taskin Ahmed as he has looked the better bowler of the three so far this CWC.
If you don’t have the suggested three players in your squad, I have ranked the remaining bowlers for India vs Bangladesh in the following order. Taskin Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur and Mustafizur Rahman
The wicket keeper that I am likely going to start will be KL Rahul. Over the last ten matches the wicket keepers from these teams average the following points based on the GDS scoring.
KL Rahul – 44 points
Litton Das – 33 points
Mushfiqur Rahim – 53 points
Rahul has been batting at five for India this tournament but has only had limited opportunities to bat. If India bat first, I will start Rahul. However, if Bangladesh bat first I’m likely to change my mind and start with Rahim. Throughout this tournament Bangladesh have had to rely on Rahim to hold their innings together on occasions and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was called upon to do so again.