With three wins out of their first three games and looking like the absolute favorites to lift the World Cup trophy once again at home, India will now take on Bangladesh in their fourth match of the tournament at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
Bangladesh will be coming into this match on the back of two big losses against England and New Zealand. They will try their best to avoid a third consecutive loss and not hand India their fourth comfortable win in the tournament.
The match could be tricky for India as Bangladesh have beaten them before in a World Cup match, and India also lost an ODI series against Bangladesh recently. Although it is not going to be easy at all for the Bangladesh cricketers, this Indian team is in sublime form in all three aspects of the game. The top bookmakers in India have amazing World Cup odds with them.
The Men in Blue are in phenomenal touch with three wins on the trot in this tournament.
The betting tip is...
India will win the match
The entire Indian squad is in splendid form, alleviating any concerns about player performance.
Shubhman Gill made a noteworthy return in the previous game, showcasing his batting prowess during his brief time at the crease. Captain Rohit Sharma continues to shine in the World Cup, with Bangladesh being one of his favored opponents, solidifying his status as the one to watch in this match.
Given the conditions in Pune, it's highly likely that Ashwin will make a comeback to the starting XI, potentially replacing Shardul Thakur.
Predicted Lineup: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubhman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammad Siraj
The Bangladesh team has a few things to worry about if we consider the players’ form. Their two best batters, Litton Das and Najmul Shanto, have not been anywhere close to their best till now in the tournament, and the team management would expect them to come back in form as soon as possible.
Mustafizur has been exceptional with the ball and would be expected to continue bowling in the same manner.
Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Shakib Al Hasan will be the two most important players for them in the coming match.
Predicted Lineup: Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Shanto, Mehidy Miraz, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, and Mustafizur Rahman
In Pune, the pitch is likely to favor spin and bring the spinners into action right from the start of each innings. This sets the stage for a compelling contest between the spin bowlers and the batsmen from both sides.
While Bangladesh may attempt to challenge India with their pair of left-arm pacers at the beginning, India's in-form batsmen are expected to handle this effectively in the upcoming match.