India Beat Bangladesh by 95 Runs
The India national cricket team had a rough start in its first warm-up match ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup cricket tournament. New Zealand beat India after the team set a somewhat low target. In the match between India and Bangladesh, we saw India come into its own again. India set a target of 360.
Bangladesh then won the toss, and opted to bowl first. India went out to bat with openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan ending on 19 runs, and one run respectively. After a weak start, we wondered if India would end with two losses in the warm-up matches.
India National Cricket Team Win By 95 Runs
Virat Kohli, the team’s skipper, came to bat, ending with 47 runs. KL Rahul hit 12 fours, and four sixes, making over a century with 108 runs. Vijay Shankar was caught out after only two runs. MS Dhoni came to bat and reminded us why he is on the World Cup team. With eight fours and seven sixes, Dhoni made his century with 113 runs. Hardik Pandya added another 21 runs to the total. Dinesh Karthik added seven runs, not out, and Ravindra Jadeja ended on 11 runs, not out.
The final results showed India at 359/7 in 50 overs with Bangladesh ending on 264 in 49.3 overs.
Expect an Exciting World Cup
After seeing how the warm-up matches panned out, we can expect an exciting World Cup this year. While many have been concerned about India’s performance after the first warm-up, their fears were set aside after this match. Bangladesh, on the other hand, will hope that this was a one-off result. Bangladesh had started solidly, and later lost wickets relatively quickly. The team ended far away from their target.
India showed strength in bowling, most notably with the team’s wrist spinners. Between Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, they bowled 20 overs, each picking up three wickets. Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets, while Ravindra Jadeja took one.
The other two star performances for the India national cricket team came from MS Dhoni and KL Rahul. Each player added over 100 runs to the total, enjoying a 164-run stand following the collapse of the top order. Virat Kohli noted that one of the most important results of this game was seeing what KL Rahul is capable of. Rahul showed his ability batting at the number four position in the batting lineup.
Kohli said: “All the other people know their role pretty well, so it was important that KL gets runs because he is such a sound player.”
India’s cricket team showed a good balance between quality bowling and quality batting. This is likely to give the team much confidence going forward into the ICC World Cup.
Ready for the ICC World Cup
Bangladesh plays its first official World Cup match against South Africa on 2nd June 2019 at The Oval. India’s first match is also against South Africa. The teams then meet at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground for India’s first match on 5th June 2019.
The World Cup begins on 30th May with a match between the hosts, England, and South Africa. While you wait for India to join in the action, you can place your money on the hosts to win the first match with World Cup cricket odds of 4/9 at Bet365 vs South Africa’s odds of winnings the first match at 7/4.