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Bangladesh vs India 2nd ODI Preview: Can India Recover From Surprise Defeat?

Bangladesh and India will face each other in the second ODI of their three match series in Mirpur, on Wednesday, December 7th. The match is scheduled to begin at 11 am local time.

This is very much returning to the scene of the crime as far as India are concerned because it was on the same ground that they suffered a surprise defeat in the first ODI.

Put into bat, they had been bowled out for a disappointing 186, despite an innings of 73 from KL Rahul.

But, when they had the home side 136/9 in their replay, victory seemed almost within their grasp.

However, an unbroken stand of 51 for the last wicket between Mehedi Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman  completely turned the match on its head, and, in the end, Bangladesh won with four overs to spare.

 

Key talking points

India not panicking after defeat

Despite their surprise loss to Bangladesh in the first ODI, India will not be panicking after that game. Before the game, captain Rohit Sharma had noted that there were still many months before the World Cup, and, as hosts, they did not need to worry about qualification anyway.

Instead, this series is an opportunity for experimentation with combinations, and to give some younger players a chance, with the knowledge that there are still experienced players like Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja to come back into the reckoning once they are recovered from their current injury problems.

 

Top order issues

Sharma, though, will be aware that there are concerns about how India’s top order continues to mis-fire in white ball cricket, and he is not immune from criticism himself in that regard. The runs have dried up for him since becoming captain and it seems that the burden of the job may be inhibiting his natural game.

Among the issues that the newly appointed Indian selectors are considering are splitting the captaincy across all the formats of the sport, and this might be the best thing for the team and the player himself.

Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan, who has just turned 37, finds his World Cup place under real threat.

Not only is he short of runs, but it is the pace at which he scores them is starting to become an issue.

It has been nearly four years since his last century in an ODI against Australia, and time is running out for him to make a convincing case for his continued inclusion in the side.

 

Indian Team news

Prior to the start of the first ODI at the same ground came news that Rishabh Pant was struggling with injury, and, after consultation with the BCCI medical staff, it was later confirmed that he had been released from the squad and has flown home for further treatment.

No replacement for him has been named.

It is a missed opportunity for Pant who had been hoping to regain some form after a lean few months with the bat, and it means that KL Rahul will likely continue to continue wicketkeeping duties, meaning he will come in lower down the batting order than normal.

Axar Patel also missed the first match and, if he is unavailable again, then Kuldeep Sen who made his debut in that game, will likely be given a second chance.

Liton Das will continue to lead the Bangladesh team in place of the injured Tamim Iqbal.

 

The weather

The weather forecast for the match is good, promising unbroken sunshine and no chance of rain. Maximum temperatures should be around 23 degrees Celsius.

 

The pitch

Despite the struggles of both teams in the first match, the pitch in Mirpur remains good for batting, and the Indian score was some 40 runs short of a par score for the ground. Winning the toss should make no significant difference to the outcome of the game, as there is no significant advantage traditionally in batting first or second.

 

Prediction

That victory in the first ODI was a rare one as far as Bangladesh are concerned – of the 37 games between the two countries in the format, they have only one six of them. India should be confident, therefore, of returning to winning ways.

Nevertheless, they will be looking for a vastly improved performance, especially with the bat, and their top order will again come under intense scrutiny.

   

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