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03-28-2014, 04:28 AM
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ICC World Twenty20 Preview: Buoyant India Take On Under-fire Hosts Bangladesh


Dhaka: Their fortunes, in the early stages of the World Twenty20, have been contrasting. While India have been clinical in their two games of the competition, hosts Bangladesh lost the first game against West Indies by 73 runs. At the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium a win on Friday night will keep Bangladesh’s hopes of qualifications afloat.



Figure this out – Out of the 37 T20 Internationals (T20Is) played by Bangladesh they have managed to beat only one Test playing nation – West Indies. They suffered an ignominy of losing to newbies Hong Kong in the qualifying rounds.



India have been the team to beat so far. The task of beating India with their current form is onerous. But India would never take Bangladesh lightly after the 2007 World Cup drubbing. Enough said!



India’s strengths



Indian bowling has emerged as one of the positives from the early part of the competition. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s prodigious swing is back. With the ball swinging, Bhuvneshwar becomes doubly dangerous.



Amit Mishra has looked confident in the two outings. The aggressive approach of the leggie has opened the wicket-taking avenues for him.



Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli stitched a valuable alliance of 106 for the second wicket against West Indies and looked in great touch. Suresh Raina has looked assured after his comeback and his immense run-hunger has now made him the integral part of the Indian setup.



Areas of Concern

The form of Yuvraj Singh is a major concern for Team India. The Punjab southpaw has looked a pale shadow of himself in the two games so far. The scores of 1 and 10 scored off two and 19 deliveries respectively tell you the story of his struggles. Once a livewire on the field, Yuvraj today fields in the deep and is not as agile as he used to be. He dropped Mohammad Hafeez and Chris Gayle in the two games.



The only over Yuvraj bowled in the competition went for 13. The Indian all-rounder is in dire need of big runs.



Shikhar Dhawan has not looked convincing in his strokeplay. He played a fortuitous cameo against Pakistan which ended courtesy of rush of blood from the Indian opener – top-edging Umar Gul to long-leg. Against West Indies, Dhawan was out for a blob albeit a tad unlucky. But the southpaw will be looking to get a big score before the tournament reaches the business end.



Battles To Watch:



Mashrafe Mortaza vs Shikhar Dhawan: Mortaza has the ability to take early wickets. Dhawan will be eager to make this innings count. Dhawan is at his best when he plays aggressively.


Shakib Al Hasan vs Virat Kohli: Shakib is Bangladesh’s best bowler and Kohli is undoubtedly India’s best batsman in all forms of the game.



Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs Tamim Iqbal: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is quite a handful with the new ball. His challenge will be to contain Tamim, who once he gets his eye in can damage the Indian bowling.



Amit Mishra vs Mushfiqur Rahim: Rahim has a good record against India. Mishra is in red-hot form and will be looking to contain the Bangladesh skipper.