Asia Cup Cricket: India vs Bangladesh Pick, Prediction, and Odds

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Asia Cup Cricket: India vs Bangladesh Pick, Prediction, and Odds

After a comfortable victory against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, India will now meet Bangla Tigers in their home ground at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Dhaka on 16th of March 2012. Match will start at 08:00am GMT. India would not want to make India Pakistan match as the deciding game and, therefore, would want to wrap it up and make it to the finals in this game. Bangladesh on the other hand will have to win in order to stay alive in this competition. Bangladesh played well against Pakistan but it wasn't enough to bring them victory. Bangladesh will have to raise their game in this do or die game.

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Indian team is in tremendous form in "home" conditions as Virat and Gambhir both scored a hundred each and then a whirlwind finish by "home" specialist Suresh Raina and skipper M.S. Dhoni. Bowling department of India has also performed well which defended 304 easily against Sri Lanka. Irfan Pathan seems to have regained his form and Ashwin is picking up wickets now. Only change I can see is Ravindra Jadeja making space for Yusuf Pathan. India is definitely looking a much stronger unit than they were in Australia.

Bangladesh almost snatched an unexpected win in its game against Pakistan thanks to heroic batting by their ex-skipper Shakib Al Hasan. Bangladesh has beaten India only twice in 23 games. It would take magical display from Bangladesh to win against India.

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With a world class batting lineup and good enough bowling, India will have very good chance to make it through to the finals. Bangladesh would have to produce something like they did in World Cup 2007. It would be very difficult for Bangladesh to beat India despite having home advantage. Going by their form and strength on paper, I'll pick India as the winner for this game against Bangladesh.

» Man of the Match Prediction

With good all round display by Shakib in previous game and hundreds by Gambhir and Kohli, there are many potential candidates for Man of the Match award. Considering his form, Virat Kohli has to be a favorite in getting this award. He was Man of the Match in back to back games against Sri Lanka and his stats in subcontinent conditions suggest the same. I'll go with Virat Kohli for the Man of the Match award as he is most likely to win this award.

  • Man of the Match: Virat Kohli +750