India still have a little work to do to secure their semi-final place but are expected to seal tqualification when they take on Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Tuesday.
Bangladesh’s hopes of progressing into the knockout stages very much depend on Tuesday’s result, so their need is obviously greater, but even at odds of 7/2 – perhaps tempting for a side that harbours of hopes of making the last four – it seems a tall order to achieve given India will want to make sure of going through.
Virat Kohli‘s men are returning to the scene of their only defeat of the tournament so far, a 31-run defeat to England which did Bangladesh no favours at all, and will be looking to exorcise the demons, with the skipper having since complained about the size of the boundaries.
Sunday’s match was the third at the venue in this World Cup and easily yielded the most runs, but that was on a fresh wicket, which will be used again on Tuesday.
Despite India’s complaints over a short boundary, they will be better prepared for what’s in store – another factor in why they are strong favourites at 1/7 to win and render Bangladesh’s final match against another top-four hopeful, Pakistan, redundant as far as they are concerned.
Injuries obviously can have a big impact on a team going forward but India, who had already lost Shikhar Dhawan to a fractured thumb, may well benefit from the latest problem.
Vijay Shankar is out of the rest of the World Cup with a broken toe, which should permanently open the door for rising star Rishabh Pant, with many having been calling for his inclusion above Shankar in the first place.
Pant is on offer at 9/2 to be India’s top batsman against Bangladesh, although he may not get the chance given others’ performances so far.
The elegant right-hander has already notched three centuries in this World Cup, one of which came against England, and has the earliest opportunity to get among the runs again as an opener.
Shakib Al Hasan is an obvious candidate to lead the way for Bangladesh, as he has a 149-run advantage in the team’s scoring charts, so it is no surprise to see him as the 11/4 favourite.
However, Mahmudullah offers a little more value lower down the order at 8/1, with India expected to make inroads.
Taking Shakib at 20/1 to win the man-of-the-match award is not beyond the realms of possibility given his ability with the ball, although 33/10 on him being the top wicket-taker is also worth considering, with India’s batsmen looking strong at the moment.
Pace, though, has been the key from a bowling point of view at this World Cup and it has been no different at Edgabston, with Chris Morris, Lockie Ferguson, Shaheen Afridi and Liam Plunkett all having claimed three-wicket hauls.
Therefore it will not be a surprise that a fast bowler is the suggestion to lead the way for India again and, after taking 5-69 against England only two days prior, Mohammed Shami is the selection at 33/10 to get the better of 11/4 favourite Jasprit Bumrah.
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