Super Fours: Game 6
Stadium: R. Premadasa Stadium, Columbo
12th September 2023.
India will be facing off against Bangladesh in the 6th and final game of the Super Fours in the Asia Cup at R. Premadasa Stadium, Columbo. India has qualified to the finals and will be looking to complete super fours on a high. Who will win this game?Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
India has displayed clinical performance in this tournament, remaining undefeated and securing the first spot in Sunday's Finals.
The opening partnership of Shubhman Gill and Rohit Sharma continues to provide a solid start, having consistently formed 50+ run partnerships in their last three ODIs. Virat Kohli's current form is encouraging for the team.
The strategy of playing two wicket-keepers, KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan, is proving effective, adding depth to the batting order. Axar Patel, included in the last match, contributed significantly with the bat, scoring 26 crucial runs on a challenging pitch, likely retaining his position.
Kuldeep Yadav has been accurate with his line and length, claiming 9 wickets in the last two games. Despite returning after a hiatus, Bumrah has maintained his rhythm and will lead the pace attack alongside Mohammed Siraj and Hardik Pandya.
It's worth considering that India may rest three to four players to keep them fresh for the Final, possibly including Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah.
India Predicted Lineup
Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah
Bangladesh's performance in the Super Four stage has been disappointing, with losses in both matches leading to their elimination. Nonetheless, we anticipate a strong comeback effort from them.
The injury to Najmul Hossain Shanto during the group stages has dealt a significant blow to Bangladesh's batting. Litton Das, brought in as his replacement, has struggled to find form. Similarly, Mohammad Naim and Towhid Hridoy, crucial top-order batsmen, have lacked consistency.
It's likely that the team management will persist with the experiment of sending Mehidy Hasan Miraz as an opener, but the primary responsibility for scoring will fall on Shakib Al-Hasan. Among the bowlers, Taskin Ahmed has been outstanding with 9 wickets, closely followed by Shoriful Islam with 7.
Support from Hasan Mahmud is expected at the other end. However, the spinners, Shakib and Mehidy Hasan, have not been in their best form, managing only 4 wickets between them.
Bangladesh excels in low-scoring matches where spinners play a pivotal role. If the pitch resembles the conditions seen in the SL vs. IND match, Bangladesh could certainly be competitive.
Litton Das, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Naim, Towhid Hridoy, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan (c), Shamim Hossain, Afif Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Hasan Mahmud
Expert betting tips
Although there have been a few high-scoring matches recently, the R. Premadasa Stadium pitch is typically renowned for generating low-scoring thrillers, much like the recent contest between India and Sri Lanka. The pitch offers limited bounce and significant turn. As the match progresses, the pitch is expected to slow down, making a target exceeding 250 potentially challenging to chase. Consistent with the past week, the sky is anticipated to be overcast, and there's a likelihood of some rain showers. Although Bangladesh has shown significant improvement as an opponent in recent times, we believe that they can't match India's formidable batting strength, and as a result, India should secure a comfortable victory. India boasts a deep squad, and even if they make three to four changes, the overall quality remains high. Our recommendation is to place your bet on India for the win.