The highly anticipated 1st semifinal of the Asian Games Men’s T20I 2023 will witness a thrilling encounter between cricket powerhouses India and Bangladesh. India, considered the pre-tournament favorites, demonstrated their prowess with a convincing victory over Nepal in the quarterfinal. On the other hand, Bangladesh, although not at their best, managed a narrow win against Malaysia.
India boasts the strongest squad in the tournament, equipped with a formidable batting lineup capable of dismantling any bowling attack. Their batsmen displayed excellent form in the last match, and they aim to continue their dominant performance. Bangladesh, meanwhile, possesses a talented pool of players who must deliver an exceptional performance to secure a victory.
India’s 1st Quarterfinal victory against Nepal was textbook. They put up a substantial total and successfully defended it. However, they anticipate a tougher challenge from Bangladesh in this game. Captain Ruturaj Gaikwad will be eager for his players to maintain their form and advance to the next round.
Yashasvi Jaiswal, in impeccable form, is expected to provide a strong start alongside skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad at the top. With a solid middle order consisting of Tilak Varma, Jitesh Sharma, and Shivam Dube, India anticipates a stellar performance. Rinku Singh, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, and Washington Sundar strengthen the batting lineup in the lower middle order.
The new ball pair of Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan faced some challenges in the last game and will need to improve their bowling lines. India relies on Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore and Ravi Bishnoi to excel in the middle overs. Sundar and Dube, with their experience, complete a potent bowling attack for the team.
India Predicted Playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rinku Singh, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh
Bangladesh faced a close call against Malaysia, narrowly securing victory with some heroics from Afif Hossain in the last over. However, their upcoming battle against India promises to be a more challenging contest. Captain Saif Hassan hopes for a better batting performance from his top order.
Parvez Hossain Emon, Zakir Hasan, and Mahmudul Hasan Joy struggled in the previous game, and Bangladesh requires a confident start from them. Sai Hassan must anchor the middle order and contribute runs alongside Zakir Hasan and Afif Hossain. Jaker Ali and Shahadat Hossain must deliver in the lower middle order to set a competitive total.
Bangladesh’s bowling attack must shine in this game. Ripon Mondol and Saif Hassan need strong performances with the new ball, given India’s aggressive batting lineup. Afif Hossain’s impressive bowling in the last match must continue in the middle overs, with support from Rakibul Hasan. Rishad Hossain and Sumon Khan have crucial roles to play as well.
Bangladesh Predicted Playing XI: Saif Hassan (c), Jaker Ali (wk), Parvez Hossain Emon, Zakir Hasan, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Afif Hossain, Rishad Hossain, Shahadat Hossain, Sumon Khan, Rakibul Hasan, Ripon Mondol
India T20 Stats and History
Total Match Played = 207
Won = 135
Loss = 66
No Result = 5
Tie = 1
Bangladesh T20 Stats and History
Total Match Played = 152
Won = 56
Loss = 93
No Result = 3
Tie = 0
India vs Bangladesh head-to-head stats
Total Match Played = 12
India won = 11
Bangladesh won = 1
No Result = 0
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The game is scheduled at the Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field in Hangzhou. Expect slight cloud cover on October 6, with conditions favorable for fast bowlers early on. The pitch is flat, allowing for excellent batting conditions, but the boundaries are short, providing assistance to bowlers. Teams batting first will aim for a score of 200 runs to feel secure.
The Pingfeng Campus Cricket Field in Hangzhou is a small ground with shorter boundaries around the square. Batsmen can comfortably play their strokes on this surface. The initial overs favor fast bowlers, while spinners may struggle due to the small boundaries.
Toss: To Bowl
In this format, teams often prefer chasing scores, especially on small grounds like this one. Setting a competitive total can be challenging, and the team winning the toss is likely to choose to bowl first.
Despite their less-than-convincing performance in the previous game, Bangladesh faces an uphill battle against the strong Indian team. India’s powerful batting lineup and experienced bowling department give them the edge over Bangladesh.
Today’s Match Prediction: India
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