India take on Bangladesh in their third match of the World T20 at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy stadium on Wednesday.
India came back well from the loss to New Zealand in the opener to beat Pakistan on Saturday and need to beat Bangladesh and Australia to confirm their place in the semifinals. The Kiwis, with 3 wins out of 3 games, have already booked the first semis spot from Group 2.
Bangladesh, meanwhile, are virtually out of the competition after losing both their games. Weakened by the suspension of bowlers Taskin Ahmed and Arafat Sunny, they will look to determined to get their first win.
Here’s HT’s top five clashes to watch out for:
1. Rohit Sharma vs Mustafizur Rahman
After a couple of poor scores, Rohit Sharma will be gearing up for a big one and he will be up against pacer Mustafizur Rahman, who made a fine comeback from injury by taking two wickets against Australia.
2. Virat Kohli vs Shakib Al Hasan
Virat Kohli is in top form and will be hoping to carry the momentum of his half-century against Pakistan into this match.
Bangladesh will turn to their most experienced player, Shakib Al Hasan, to get India’s batting mainstay out of the way.
3. Ravichandran Ashwin vs Tamim Iqbal
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has always performed well against India and he will look to help his team get their first win.
India will look to get the southpaw out early and MS Dhoni will turn to his strike bowler Ashwin to do the job.
4. Yuvraj Singh vs Mahmudullah
Unlike a batsmen vs bowler contest, this one pits two middle-order batsmen against each other. Mahmudullah’s 29-ball 49 powered his team to a competitive 156/5 against Australia, while Yuvraj’s 23-ball 24 was a useful knock in a tense chase against Pakistan.
Knocks from these batsmen could prove the difference between an average total and a challenging one.
5. MS Dhoni vs Mashrafe Mortaza
The match will also be a clash between captains MS Dhoni and Mashrafe Mortaza.
After the emotionally-draining win against Pakistan, Dhoni knows the job is far from over for India. Not only do they need to register wins against Bangladesh and Australia, but they also need to try and boost their run rate in the process.The skipper was spot-on with his tactics against Pakistan and will look to repeat the same against a dangerous Bangladesh.
Mortaza has a point to prove. His side has lost two games, had Ahmed and Sunny suspended, and lost their previous two games to India. He will be keen to salvage some pride with a win.
(With inputs from Manoj Bhagavatula)