Fans can watch the India vs. Bangladesh cricket match live online and see if the Indian squad can see a boost from the return of MS Dhoni – and if both teams can fend off the expected soggy weather.
The two teams just completed a rain-soaked Test in Fatullah that saw just 185 overs, and the threat of rain still looms as they prepare to meet for a One-Day International match.
The match starts Thursday at 3:00 p.m local time (9:00 a.m. GMT) from Dhaka. It will feature the return of India captain MS Dhoni, who has retired from Test matches to focus on ODI play.
As ESPNcricinfo points out, this match could be one dominated by hitting:
The switch to ODIs puts the batsmen front and centre. Teams have racked up 300 or more 36 times in 116 innings – that’s 30% – over the last five months. The 400 barrier is especially tempting in subcontinent conditions. India have a two time double-centurion and their quickest ODI centurion among the top three. Bangladesh’s batting extends to No. 7 as well.
Fans who watch the India vs. Bangladesh cricket match live online will see something more than a friendly exhibition. Bangladesh needs to win one out of the three games to stay in the top eight of the ODI rankings, and a loss would put their spot in Champions Trophy qualification in jeopardy.
Though they will have a few chances to cement their place in qualification, the Bangladesh players say they don’t want to drag it out.
“The first match is most important,” said captain Mashrafe Mortaza. “I know there are calculations about our rankings and that thought is also among us. But that is about the next six games and they aren’t all happening today or tomorrow. We have to take it match by match.”
For India, this will also be the first return to the one-day format since the team’s run to the semifinal of this year’s World Cup. After a disappointing stretch of matches in Australia over the summer, many saw the Indian squad as an outsider as the tournament began. But the Indian team racked off seven straight victories before falling to Australia by 95 runs in the semifinal.
Bangladesh (probable): 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Mominul Haque/Litton Das/Rony Talukdar, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Sabbir Rahman, 7 Nasir Hossain, 8 Mashrafe Mortaza, 9 Arafat Sunny, 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Taskin Ahmed
India (probable): 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 Suresh Raina 6 MS Dhoni (capt &wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Umesh Yadav, 11 Mohit Sharma
Fans who want to watch the India vs. Bangladesh cricket match live online can click here for streaming video through Star Sports.
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