It is unusually cold, damp and gloomy. The rain is consistent and while the forecast is slightly better for match day, it won’t be a surprise if showers interrupt the game.
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The rain, not Bangladesh’s ability to surprise in what turns out to be a tournament full of surprises, is the main concern as Rohit Sharma’s men enter the ground to be won on the only field a batter has in this tournament. can be called.
India knew they would face a shortened game at some point. Players were confined to the inner nets on match night as an endless sequence of mopping kept the water out of the Adelaide Oval covers.
Virat Kohlic departs after a practice session in Adelaide. (AFP photo)
“You can’t think about it (rain) or plan,” said coach Rahul Dravid. “You don’t know how many overs it will be. You think it’s going to be a 20 over game and you react accordingly. We’ve been lucky, we’ve got all three of our games for the full 20 overs. If the weather forces us to replay a game of 10 or 12, we will respond accordingly.”
Bangladesh-India games have had an uneasy lead in recent years, including the 2016 T20 World Cup match India won by one run in Bengaluru. A match with limited rain and India’s eastern neighbors could start to cherish their chances.
After just that one loss to South Africa in Perth, India faces some significant problems. Suddenly their XI isn’t looking so good.
Here’s a rundown of some of the talking points discussed in the game. . .
Will Rahul finally take shape?
India’s opener scored 4 against Pakistan, 9 against the Netherlands and again 9 against South Africa. Everyone knows their potential, but waiting for someone to find the form is not an option in a T20 World Cup, where there is no margin for error. Captain Rohit needs someone to go ballistic on the other side in the Powerplay. This match could be Rahul’s make or break moment despite the constant reassurances from the team management. No wonder Virat Kohli had a long discussion with him.
Eye on karthikfitness
He hurt his back holding wickets in Perth and although ‘DK’ showed up at the nets and went through his goalkeeping routines on Tuesday, it will be touch and go. “It was a shame he had that cramp when he jumped up to get a bouncer. He landed in a way that hurt his back a bit. But with the treatment, he recovered quite well. He came to training.” So we’ll judge. We’ll see how it goes,” Dravid said.
If ‘DK’ can’t get on the field, Rishabh Pant comes in. But where does it come? panting bat? Up front with Rohit, pushing KL Rahul down where he might be more effective, or as a finisher instead? India hopes Karthik will be better on match day.
Back to Axar or continue with Hooda?
After changing a winning combination, India is now stuck in a band. Keeping Axar out means no left-handers in the top seven if Karthik is fit, but his match-ups aren’t exciting as there are a lot of left-handers in Bangladesh’s lineup meaning Hooda might get another match. If so, can Hooda be used as a finisher instead if Karthik is unfit?
Death bowling remains a concern
India’s tendency to leak into the endovers remains a concern. “It’s an area we wanted to get better at. Obviously, Bums (Bumrah) was one of those guys who was scheduled to bowl two of those overs. It’s really heartwarming to see how Arshdeep has evolved,” said Dravic. “I won’t read too much into the game of the Netherlands. We conceded 53 or 54 runs against Pakistan.”
Batting first after winning the toss?
This field can be a belter under normal circumstances, but how will it play with so much rain around? Average first batter score in last 5 games is 181.90. Average first batt score under light is 170. Average second batter score in last 5 games drops to 139. 8. Good idea, especially on the day of a double header, with Zimbabwe against the Netherlands on the same field in the afternoon game? Only Rohit and the rain know.
Hold on to the catches!
India’s fielding and catching was sloppy in Perth, with Virat Kohli receiving some unwanted attention for dropping Aiden Markram and captain Rohit who, among other things, missed an easy run-out opportunity. “There were a few chances that we could have taken in the last game. That’s happening. It’s not because of a lack of effort. It’s just the nature of the game. Some days those direct attacks shot from everywhere. And the ball goes.” to the best fielder in the park (and gets dropped). It’s a great lesson in humility,” Dravid said.
Beyond that, to the most edgy match left for India in the group stage.