India will be hoping for a full 40-over game against Bangladesh on November 2, when they resume their Super 12 Group 2 campaign in the T20 World Cup. At first glance, this should be a walk in the park as India has won 10 of their 11 T20I games with their eastern neighbours. However, as head coach Rahul Dravid pointed out, cricket matches are won on the field, not on reputation or past performances, and taking any team for granted in a tournament of epic upsets is risky.
The rivalry between India and Bangladesh may not be one of equals, but it still exists, and over time, it has developed an acerbic tone that occasionally borders on being petulant. Bangladesh may not express it outright, but they do not like being forced to compete in “big brother’s” giant shadow, even though the Indians have earned it naturally thanks to both their on-field success and their unmatched financial might. The Bangla Tigers have four points after two victories in the tournament, but they have not faced Pakistan or India, two of their group’s toughest opponents.
The match against Bangladesh will determine the Indian team’s chances of making it to the semifinals. With two games left, the Men in Blue will try to win both of the remaining matches since they have won two of the three games. The Bengal Tigers have fewer chances than the Indian team to advance to the semifinals because India has a higher net run rate. Bangladesh must defeat both Pakistan and India to stand a chance of moving on to the knockout round.
The Adelaide Oval regularly produces high scoring games in the Big Bash, especially at night. In night games, teams batting first have averaged 170 runs. The issue, however, is that rain is expected in the evening.
The Australian Meteorological Department reported a 60% chance of showers on the evening of November 2 at Adelaide. The game is scheduled to begin at 6.30 p.m. (local time), so there is a significant chance that rain may affect the game.
Head to Head
The upcoming T20 world cup match between India and Bangladesh will be their 12th T20I encounter. India has ten victories in 11 games while Bangladesh has just one. It was 2019 when they last faced off in a T20I match.
Last five T20Is (Recent from the left)
India: L, W, W, L W
Bangladesh: W, L, W, L, L