Bangladesh vs India 2014: Hosts to clash Young India in series header

Bangladesh vs India 2014: Hosts to clash Young India in series header

It will be fair to call that the ODI Series between India and Bangladesh can be one of the most Under Rated series’ in recent times with the Focus of Sports has been turned towards FIFA World Cup and India playing with a young team with new faces as a result at a stage even no channel tried to buy the telecasting rights expecting loss.

However, the First match of Three One Day Internationals Series is all set to be played on Sunday at Shere Bangla National Stadium at Mirpur, Dhaka.

Suresh Raina will lead Team India against Bangladesh.
Suresh Raina will lead Team India against Bangladesh. (Image Source : Associated Press)

 

With the hosts willing to beat the visitors and make BCCI feel for sending B-Grade team for series, on the other hand the young guns of India who performed really well in IPL will look forward for a good series to make a stepping stone towards their future in National team.

Analysis of the Teams:

Bangladesh:

Bangladesh is one of the teams that can upset any type of team on its day. And at home it is a dangerous team. The best of that will be known to New Zealand who were whitewashed twice in 3 years. They would like to do the same to India with Bangladesh beat India three times in ODIs till now.

Individually Bangladesh poses some big names like Shakib Al Hasan, one of the best All-Rounders throughout the world at the moment. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal have some good performances over India which they want to repeat. With Razzak, Mortaza and young Al-Amin and Gazi they will be hoping to Welcome India by beating them.

Possible XI:

T Iqbal, A Haque (wk), M Haque, M Rahim (capt), S Al Hasan, N Hossain, Mahmudullah, A Razzak, S Gazi, M Mortaza, AA Hossain

Strengths:

Anamul Haque played really well in Asia Cup and World T20 for Bangladesh who will be opening with Tamim Iqbal, dashing opener. Bangladesh will be given a great start if the both continue their recent form.

Top Class players of Bangladesh Shakib and Rahim will be crucial in the middle order.

Al-Amin has been impressive in last couple of series and his team will be hoping for some good spells from him.

Weaknesses:

Inconsistency is the problem for Bangladesh as they don’t know how they perform, and also they give up even after getting good starts.

India:

Selecting final XI won’t be that easy for India as everyone in team is equally experienced in Internationals and are going through similar form. Management will be looking to give enough chances to the players in the squad for England tour.

With Uthappa, Pujara likely to open, Rahane will surely bat at No.4 which he used to do in earlier ODIs. Captain Raina will be batting at No3 and Rayudu likely to cover the middle order ahead of Tiwary.

Saha who had a great IPL tournament will make into team as Keeper even with Robin in the side. With conditions favour spin, India will look to play two spinners and three pacers and if an extra batsman needed then Binny will replace Vinay, as he can be a medium pacer option. Don’t be surprised if India plays with three spinner excluding Binny and Vinay.

Possible XI:

R Uthappa, C Pujara, S Raina (capt), A Rahane, A Rayudu, W Saha (wk), P Rasool, A Patel / S Binny / V Kumar, A Mishra, M Sharma, U Yadav

Strengths:

Robin Uthappa’s form will be a big plus for India along with Raina, Rahane and Rayudu who had good IPL season will look forward to continue it.

Also Mohit Sharma who was contender for Purple cap and lights of Umesh Yadav and Akshar Patel’s form will make the bowling strong enough.

Weaknesses:

Captaincy of Suresh Raina will be a bit concern as he failed earlier when he was given the job especially defending scores and mixing up the options.

Experience of players in international stage can also lag India.

Pitch and Weather Conditions:

The Pitch made of Black Clay in Dhaka usually supports spin and team winning the toss prefers to chase. The match begin at 1:30 PM local time, which means dew factor will come into play from the mid of 2nd innings which isn’t a big concern. The weather is expected to be cloudy with good summer temperatures and possibility of Rain during the match time is less and if happens a good drainage system at stadium is there to restart as soon as possible.

Stats been awaited for:

Oldest Player in Indian team is Amit Mishra with an age of 31 years and experienced player is Suresh Raina with 189 ODIs.

Mahmudullah will be featuring in his 100 ODIs and is set to become 10th Bangladeshi to complete that achievement.

Nasir Hossain has scored 959 runs in 31 innings till now in ODIs. He is 41 run short of becoming 18th Bangladeshi batman to cross 1000-run mark. Fastest to 1000 runs by a Bangladeshi is in 34 innings by Imrul Kayes which Nasir will be eager to break.

Robin Uthappa is with 786 ODI runs and will be looking to complete the 1000 runs by end of series by continuing his tremendous form.