Rain played havoc gain today with India scoring 184 in 42 overs. If rain continues, then Bangladesh target will be reduced to 134 in lessened overs in the match.
India captain M.S. Dhoni opted for batting after winning the toss today in the second One-Day International (ODI) of their three-match series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.
With the replacement of Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharmaand choosing Ambati Rayudu, Axar Patel and Dhawal Kulkarni, Dhoni has taken considerable chance to bet on batting with bowling skills put to test.
Now, India were no longer in any doubt about how far Bangladesh wanted to take revenge on World Cup injustice and they have made it evident in a 79-run loss to their neighbors in the first match of their three-match one-day international series in Mirpur.
Today’s match will reflect Dhoni’s strategy at the Shere Bangla National Stadium not merely to avoid a defeat but to win ret of the matches tearing apart the Bengali Tigers. Despite having the best team, the defeat in their first ODI against Bangladesh smacks of inner weakness in India team.
In 29 matches so far Bangladesh won only 3 matches, but they have notably thrashed Pakistan 3-0 in a ODI series in April moving up to seventh in world rankings above the West Indies. If Bangladesh wins today’s match, Bangladesh qualifies for the 2017 Champions Trophy as one of the top-eight ranked countries.
With half-centuries for Tamin Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and Shakib Al Hasan and 5 wickets by Mustafizur Rahman. It was a victory made all the more impressive by the fact that, in contrast to past series between the countries, India is fielding a full-strength side, with the exception only of the injured Mohammad Shami.
The pressure is now firmly on India as they can’t take “any team for granted.”
Match time: Sunday, 5 a.m. EDT
TV channel: Star Sports (India, Bangladesh)
Live stream info: Willow TV (USA) StarSports.com (India)