India have a 1-0 lead in their three-match ODI series against Bangladesh. It's a must-win for Bangladesh if they hope to stay alive in the series.
Date: Tuesday, June 17
Time: 8 a.m. BST/1 p.m local time
Live on: Ghazi TV, BTV, Channel 9: (Bangladesh), Star Cricket, Super Sports, Star Sport: (India, Pakistan), Ten Sports: (Pakistan, UAE & Other Asian Countries), PTV Sports: (Pakistan) and Sky Highlights: (Australia, England, South Africa and other European Countries)
Weather: Much like for the first ODI, AccuWeather predicts warm weather with thunderstorms around in the afternoon. The first ODI was interrupted by rain, and this could very well be too.
Bangladesh continued their miserable run of 2014 and have now gone eight matches without a win. Their decent batting performance in the first ODI wasn’t enough to roll over India in a rain-reduced affair. The bowlers struggled to take wickets and, although they managed to keep the run-rate down, the adjusted target was still easy for India to chase.
For all intents and purposes, this series is somewhat meaningless. The results hold little context for the immediate future, but that does not mean Bangladesh aren’t taking it seriously. Prior to the start of the series, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has demanded his players shape up. He was quoted by ESPNCricinfo as saying:
In terms of body language, we were a bit different. I want that authority in the field. We have learned that in ODIs, you have to play good cricket for 100 overs. You can't win by just playing well for two hours. We had a few classes [by a life success coach] that helped us as well. The new coaching staff has come so we have worked hard.
That hard work has not quite paid off just yet, but Bangladesh have another chance to make it count in the second match.
For both teams, the series also offers an opportunity to begin preparations for next year’s World Cup. India are trying a few of their second-string players while the resurgent Robin Uthappa has also been given a go. He made it count with 50 off 44 in the first ODI and will be hoping for more of the same in the second.
The weather is likely to intervene at some point, so this match will probably be truncated once more. That changes the approach of captains and players quite significantly, but it’s all part and parcel of the game.
The results might be without context in the immediate future, but a win for Bangladesh will mean the world. For India, a defeat will probably only serve as lessons learned.
Ajinkya Rahane was impressive in the first match, scoring 64 off 70. Since this series is a test for the fringe players, Rahane will want to prove that he is no one-trick pony and he has the consistency to back up his talent.
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim scored 59 off 63 in the first match. It was an important knock because Bangladesh really need somebody to lead from the front. The captain has asked his team to respond better with their body language, and he has set the example. There can be no excuses for the rest.
Mushfiqur Rahim (captain/wicketkeeper), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mithun Ali, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Sohag Gazi, Ziaur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed.
Suresh Raina (captain), Robin Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Parvez Rasool, Akshar Patel, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma and Amit Mishra.
All stats via ESPN Cricinfo unless otherwise mentioned.
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