India faces Bangladesh in the second quarter-final of the World Cup courtesy of a perfect record in the group stage. India looked invincible on their way to winning six out of six matches which gives them a relatively easier opponent in the form of Bangladesh. Although, Bangladesh played well against England, they are the weakest of the eight teams to make it to the quarter-finals. India should not have to work as hard against Bangladesh as they have done to reach the semi-finals. It should be a straight forward victory for India as they are the in-form team in both batting and bowling departments.
Bangladesh will take comfort in the fact that they have beaten India before in the 2007 World Cup but they were thoroughly outplayed in the next edition. Bangladesh will rely heavily on their batsmen to score runs but it will not be so easy against the Indian bowlers who are in great form at the moment. The best way for Bangladesh to cause an upset is to restrict India to a modest total and chase it down. However, Indian batsmen got enough practice while chasing in the last two matches against West Indies and Zimbabwe so even that might not be enough.
India is a huge favorite to win the match so it remains to be seen if Bangladesh can come close in the match. There are quality batsmen in both teams so there should be a century in the match for sure. Bangladesh batsmen should be able to score runs in the middle overs as they will not be troubled much by the spinners. The middle overs may well be the difference in the match and Bangladesh can only have a chance if they do not lose wickets to the Indian spinners.
India has a lot to lose if they get complacent against Bangladesh as they are known to beat big teams on big occasions. Rohit Sharma is not in the best of forms but Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli should be able to fend off the Bangladesh bowling attack. Bangladesh has an injury concern in the form of Mortaza, their captain. Rubel Hossain will be the key bowler for Bangladesh who can put pressure by taking early wickets. Indian pacers have taken 60 wickets in six matches so far and they seem unstoppable at the moment. Bangladesh should put pressure on the Indian batsmen in the early stages of the match if they want to stay in the match.
India – 1.14 @ Bet365