For India to win: The Indians play cricket in AUTO mode in big tournaments. The openers, the middle order, the spinners and the pacers hunt in unison to overpower their opponents. Can Bangladesh disturb their applecart ?
The warm up game when they were bundled out for 84 doesn’t mean to say so. For India, their man for the big tourneys – Yuvraj Singh is playing his 300th ODI.A special performance from the Prince cannot be discounted.
For Bangladesh to win: Tamim Iqbal has a ton, a 95 and a blob. It is no rocket science that a big score from him will lay down the foundation of a big score. Shakib, Rahim, Sabbir and Mahmudullah can take it forward. The bowling attack comprising of Rubel, Mustafizur, Taskin and led by Mashrafe can be a prickly order to deal with if they have moolah of runs to defend.
This rivalry doesn’t have an urn to earn. This one ain’t about issues apart from cricket. This one is all about cricket! This one seeks validation of being a rivalry on the field. The newest rivalry might be a bit lopsided on paper but Bangladesh is a much improved side and India would take them lightly on their own peril.