The last time Bangladesh defeated India in a World Cup tournament was in the 2007 World Cup, in which both India and Pakistan were knocked out in the first stage. Since then India and Bangladesh have played 13 matches out of which Bangladesh has won only once. That was also a landmark match because Sachin had scored his 100th century and which was also his last.
The statistics are in the favour of India. As far as key players are concerned, Virat Kohli rules the roost. He has played six matches against Bangladesh and has scored three centuries with a terrific average of 126.
Key players of the Bangladeshi side have a good record against India. Mushfiqur Rahim has an average of 30 in ODIs, and against India it goes up to 42. Similarly, Shakib Al Hasan has made five centuries against India. Mashrafe’s best was against India 4 for 38 against India in the 2007 World Cup. One positive aspect of this Bangladeshi team is the fact that the duo of Rubel Hossain and Taskin Ahmed is bowling quick and with discipline. India has taken 60 wickets in 6 matches. Leading the pace battery are Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav, while Mohit Sharma and Ashwin have done a good job in the middle overs.
It is unlikely that both the teams will be changing their playing 11 from the previous matches. Both the teams have played at the MCG. India had defeated the tournament favourite, South Africa by 130 runs while Bangladesh lost to Sri Lanka by 92 runs.
Bangladesh will be looking to exploit the weakness of the Indian top order. If Bangladesh could somehow take care of the Indian top order, they have chances to win the game. But standing in their way is the Indian bowling attack. Indian bowlers have bowled out the opposition in every match in this tournament.
Fans are eagerly waiting for the India vs Bangladesh match, but it seems that the weather might play a spoilsport. There are chances of in the afternoon, which might interrupt the match.
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