Bangladesh’s tour of Indian 2019 is yet to get underway and there have already been a number of controversies around it. It started with the player’s strike in Bangladesh that threatened the tour, the shocking ban of Shakib Al Hasan for not reporting fixing approaches from bookies took over the news next, and uncertainty about the match being played because of the pollution in New Delhi hogged the headlines next.
It has now been confirmed that the 1st T20 between India and Bangladesh is going to go ahead as scheduled at the newly renamed Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. The players are going to be playing under a blanket of smog and while some of the players may find the conditions tough, we don’t think there is going to be any letup in the intensity of the match.
India vs Bangladesh 1st T20 2019 is going to be played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, New Delhi on the 3rd of November 2019.
Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are the two big names that are going to be missing from this series but apart from that India has picked its first-choice side to face Bangladesh. Every single T20 match is going to be important looking ahead to the T20 World Cup in 2020 and players will want to lock down their places as soon as possible.
Rohit Sharma will be leading the side in the first match against Bangladesh and have a strong set of players to choose from. Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan are set to open the inning but the rest of the batting order is pretty fluid.
Shreyas Iyer has played well in the middle order and is likely to get his position of 4/5. Lokesh Rahul, Sanju Samson, or even Rishab Pant are options for number three. Manish Pandey should get a look-in at number 6 but that is not set in stone either.
Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, and Shivam Dube offer the all-round options for this series. We think that Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar are likely to start in the first match since Delhi always offers a little something for the spinners.
Deepak Chahar is almost guaranteed a place in the starting eleven after showing his wicket-taking ability in the powerplays is not just limited to the IPL. Khaleel Ahmed should get the second seamer’s slot while one out of Rahul Chahar or Yuzvendra Chahal will take the spinner’s place.
We think it is Rahul Chahar that will be given the first preference over Yuzvendra Chahal to start the series.
India has probably the best bench strength in world cricket right now and this is why it can choose to rest some of its best players and still have intense competition for every single spot in the playing eleven.
India Starting Lineup
Starting lineup not yet available.
The loss of Shakib Al Hasan in such a dramatic fashion has stunned Bangladesh, not just the cricket team but the entire country. Not only was Shakib the best ever cricketer to come out for the country and at the peak of his powers but he was also seen as a role model.
With a player’s strike for better pay attracting a lot of attention back home, the Bangladeshi players are going to be under intense scrutiny this entire tour.
There is currently no more difficult job in world cricket than touring India.
Bangladesh has come close to beating India on a couple of occasions but found a way to lose every time. The most recent T20 match was the Nidahas T20 Tri-Series Final where Dinesh Karthik managed to steal the game with some outrageous hitting in the final over.
Leading the side for this tour is going to be Mahmudullah. We are not sure how good a captain he is based on his results in the Bangladesh Premier League but he will have some very experienced players to fall back on.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Mustafizur Rahman will be the two players that Mahmudullah can get valuable insight from. Rahim is going to be one of the leading batsmen for the side while Mustafizur has played in the IPL for the last few seasons and knows the conditions very well.
Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mushfiur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, and Mosaddek Hossain are expected to be in the starting eleven for Bangladesh in Delhi. They form an experienced batting order that must start playing more consistently after plenty of time in the international arena.
Taijul Islam, Shaiful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, and the all-rounders will be expected to shoulder the bowling.
Bangladesh’s bowling is not very good and apart from Mustafizur Rahman, the others are not proven match-winners. We believe that Bangladesh must find something special from its batting lineup to be able to beat India otherwise its bowling is going to struggle against a very strong Indian lineup.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The weather in New Delhi is a big concern. Pollution levels are currently at hazardous levels and are going to affect the performances of the players. Expect to see a few players wearing masks while playing and some others leaving the field during the match.
The match is going to be played at 7:00 PM local time when the conditions should be a bit better unlike what we witnessed in the test match against Sri Lanka a couple of years ago. The pitch at Delhi is always a little on the slower side but is generally good for batting. Scores of around 170-180 are chased down regularly in the IPL at this venue.
There is no chance of rain.
Dream11 Prediction and Dream11 Team for India vs Bangladesh 1st T20 is going to be an interesting one. Picking India’s two openers is a must for everyone but that is not really where you will differentiate your side. We think picking the right set of bowlers as well as the Bangladeshi players is where the contests are going to be won or lost.