India strutted to their practice session at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The win over Pakistan at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata has clearly had a galvanising effect on the team and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men look eager to build a momentum on Bangladesh as they head to the business end of the Super 10 phase of the ICC World Twenty20.
The clash in Bengaluru, though, will be played under vastly different circumstances. The two sides have never met in a Twenty20 International on Indian soil. In fact, their last limited-overs game in India came back in 1998. And while Bangladesh are bracing themselves to avoid an unenviable 0-4 Super 10 record, India seek two points they dearly need to keep pace with the other teams in an already congested group table.
On Wednesday (March 23), India face a very familiar opponent, one whose rise as a limited-overs side over the last 12 months, they’ve have had the privilege of observing from close quarters. Ever since a Rohit Sharma ton edged Bangladesh out of the 2015 World Cup in the quarterfinal stage. Bangladesh struck back later that year to record their first bilateral ODI series win over India before the Dhoni & Co. braved tricky conditions and a raucous Mirpur crowd to register two successive wins in the T20 format, during the Asia Cup.
Bangladesh (From): Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan, Shuvagata Hom, Mahmudullah, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mohammad Mithun, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Al-Amin Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Saqlain Sajib, Abu Hider, Nurul Hasan, Nasir Hossain
India (From): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w/c), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi, Ajinkya Rahane