India will attempt to rebound from their disappointing loss to South Africa when they face Bangladesh in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Super-12 match in Adelaide on Wednesday. Rohit Sharma’s team got off to a fast start, defeating Pakistan and the Netherlands in their first two games. However, despite Suryakumar Yadav’s best attempts to save them with a remarkable knock, they were outplayed in their most recent encounter against South Africa.
The top order disintegrated similarly to how it did against Pakistan. While Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya saved them and helped India win that match, Yadav was unable to get any aid from the other end to lead them to a competitive total this time.
The bowlers did everything they could to make the most of the score they had to defend, but the fielding made it difficult for them, as routine catches were lost and run-outs were missed from only a few inches away. Even veteran players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma blew excellent opportunities to put South Africa under strain, and they will be eager to set a better example for their squad in the forthcoming match against Bangladesh.
India must win against Bangladesh
There is no disputing that India is a good squad with a good blend of youth and experience, but things would get complicated for them if they also lose this match against Bangladesh. India now sits second in Group 2 in terms of NRR, and a win here will increase their chances of advancing to the semi-finals. However, a defeat here would put them at dire risk of extinction. As a result, Rohit Sharma and his team must pull their socks up and play to their full capacity in this encounter.
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Bangladesh, on the other side, is tied for the third position in Group 2 with India on four points. However, their devastating loss to South Africa has caused significant damage to their NRR, and they now need to win both of their remaining matches to have a chance of making the semi-finals.
They have won two games so far, but the triumphs have not been convincing. The Tigers won tight games against the Netherlands and Zimbabwe, with their bowlers carrying the load in both games. The batting team has yet to score more than 150 runs in any match, but a disciplined bowling performance has allowed them secure two narrow triumphs.
However, if Bangladesh is to stand a chance against a team like India, its hitters must be at the top of their game. A whole all-around effort is required to knock down a behemoth like India, and that is exactly what they will be aiming for.