Bracken - India v Bangladesh Preview

Nathan Bracken
Tue, 22 Mar, 12:00 AM

India have not lived up to the hype in this year’s competition, they started the World Cup heavy favourites, but were stunned by the Kiwis in their first game before beating Pakistan in their second fixture. The home team cannot afford to slip up against Bangladesh, as it looks like New Zealand will qualify, and they’ll be competing with the Aussies for second place.

This match is the perfect opportunity for India to settle their fans nerves with a convincing victory, they are up against a team relying on a few decent players, and a team they should be able to put away with ease. The two teams have met on four occasions and in all four meetings India have won. The Tigers leaked 201 runs in their opener against a pretty average Pakistan team, and then allowed Australia to hit at almost 8.5 an over. They’ve got very handy spinners, which is pretty pointless against the masters of spin India, added to this I really fear for Bangladesh’s seam attack.

India’s spinners as expected have been very impressive, no team has consistently been able to score from Ashwin’s, Jadeja’s and Raina’s overs. However, their batting will be the major difference tonight. There is no value in backing the winner market, but would encourage you all to slip $1.14 into any multi.

Normally I wouldn’t be able to look past Virat Kohli top scoring for India, a man who averages over 50 in IT20 cricket and has only scored under 22 twice in his last 20 T20 innings for his country, is very hard to overlook. However, on this occasions I worry he won’t get the overs needed to mount a good chance of top scoring. I simply can’t see the Bangladesh seam bowlers struggling the Indian openers. Therefore, I’m backing the talented Rohit Sharma to top score in the game at $5 with Unibet.

Oddschecker’s Best Bet
Similarly to Nathan Bracken we’re not impressed by Bangladesh’s seam bowling options, in the last two games the opposing teams have been 1-120 and 1-94, hardly good starts for the sub-continent nation. We’re shocked we can get $1.61 with Sportsbet for India to have the highest opening partnership, get on this before the price changes as it’s $1.37 with William Hill already.

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