Toss – Bangladesh opt to bat
Massive blow for Bangladesh as Shakib opts to sit out of this clash. Looks like he hasn’t recovered completely. Najmul Shanto leads the team in his absence. Bangladesh have included Nasum Ahmed in place of Shakib and Hasan Mahmoud replaces Taskin Ahmed in the XI. India are unchanged, so still no Shami.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto(c), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Nasum Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
There were doubts over Shakib Al Hasan’s participation in this fixture but it looks like the Bangladesh captain is all set to feature today. From the Indian contingent, our man at the venue Vijay Tagore reports that Mohammad Shami is in the frame to make it to the playing XI today. If he does play, will he replace Shardul Thakur? We will find out shortly.
Hello and welcome to the live blog of a fixture that has gained a lot of prominence over the years. It’s India vs Bangladesh today from Pune. The 2007 World Cup fixture always springs to mind when these two teams meet. Since then India have managed to defeat Bangladesh in the following editions but they have also had some memorable fixtures over the years in other tournaments as well. Less than a year ago, Bangladesh managed to beat India in an ODI series back at home. They are a very formidable outfit in this format and even though they haven’t made a good start to the World Cup, a win over India will do them a world of good.
It definitely won’t be easy though given how India have played so far in the tournament. They are the only unbeaten team alongside New Zealand so far and that performance against Pakistan has rubber stamped their credentials as the favourite for the title. It will be interesting to see what sort of a surface will be presented today for this game in Pune. In case it’s a proper batting deck, India will fancy their chances of registering their fourth straight win in this campaign. Hopefully, a good game is in store for us.