India vs Bangladesh 2nd ODI, Preview: Can Bangladesh save the series?

It gets tough for a team trailing 1-0 in a three-match series to bounce back and with due respect if it is Bangladesh things become grimmer. India convincingly (like the regular team) defeated Bangladesh in the 1st ODI in a game which was cut short by rain. The hype around this series is already low or may be even absent and if Bangladesh losses the 2nd ODI it certainly will make 3rd ODI a lifeless event. There is a need for Bangladesh to stay alive in the series and show (as always needed from them)the word that they are capable of at least putting up a fight.

And as far as India is concerned they just need to do the basics right. One expects bowlers to level up their game after hot and humid conditions during the1st ODI.Umesh Yadav looked in good shape and did well in his spells to pick three wickets. Spinners including debutants Parvez Rasool and Akshar Patel despite giving away too many runs did a fine job.India would not want to tinker with the winning combination unless there is an injury scare like Mohit Sharma who struggled with his fitness during the game.

Both the openers Robin Uthappa and Ajinkya Rahane were impressive with their shot selection. Uthappa who is on a comeback trail fell minutes before the heavens opened but he had already notched up a dazzling 43-ball half century. Call it luck or what with pitch being covered for a long duration due to rain, it started to assist spinners heavily once play resumed.

Cheteshwar Pujara was victim of both pitch and the umpiring error, his chance to fit in Indian one-day unit to a large extent depends on how well he does against Bangladesh. Ajinkya Rahane who has been with the team for a long time now is getting his chances and he is making them count. His elegant looking half-century would have certainly helped his cause to stay in contention for a regular spot in the team.

Bangladesh depends much on their senior players Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hassan and Tamim Iqbal. Mushfiqur and Shakib delivered yet again while Tamim who was given out courtesy the first of the many umpiring errors looked out of sorts and consumed 11 balls without contributing anything. Youngsters Anamul Haque and Mahmudullah also chipped in with fine performances.

Bangladesh bowlers failed to stop Indian openers and none barring Shakib looked like threatening. Team think tank might look for a change in bowling department with even senior spinner Abdur Razzak failing to come to terms. On paper Bangladesh will do everything what it takes to, but can they do it in the middle and pull off a win to save the series or will it be another dismal outing for them.

Squads:

India: 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.

Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (Captain/wicketkeeper), Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Shamsur Rahman, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mithun Ali, Abdur Razzak, Mashrafe Mortaza, Sohag Gazi, Ziaur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed.