In their match against Bangladesh at the Adelaide Oval on November 2, India will attempt to recover from their five-wicket loss to South Africa on October 30. With four points each, India and Bangladesh are tied for first place in the standings. However, India’s superior run rate places them in second place, just ahead of the Bangla Tigers.

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India has a must-win game and will be looking to put their loss to South Africa behind them. They may make a few adjustments to their starting XI in order to achieve that. Dinesh Karthik, the designated finisher and wicketkeeper batsman, is most likely going to miss the game against Bangladesh because he has still not fully recovered from a back spasm he suffered during the match against South Africa. Notably, Indian coach Rahul Dravid did not rule out Karthik’s inclusion entirely. However, all indications suggest that the senior player, who has only scored 7 runs in his two innings, may be given a break while Pant takes his place.

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Further, considering Bangladesh typically dislikes facing legspin, playing Yuzvendra Chahal might be a good idea. Moreover, the Deepak Hooda experiment will probably be put on hold for the Bangladesh game as Axar Patel may join the team after missing the South Africa match. He is also an effective spin bowler and has recently been a wicket-taking option for Team India, so it is likely that his all-around skills will be used against Bangladesh on November 2.

Probable Playing Xi

India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh

Bangladesh: Soumya Sarkar, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud.