IND vs BAN Super 8 Prediction, T20 World Cup 2024: Head-to-Head, Antigua Pitch and Conditions, and Who Will Win?

T20 World Cup 2024, India vs Bangladesh Super 8 Prediction: India take on their familiar foes Bangladesh in Antigua on Saturday. Rohit Sharma's men are high on confidence after having hammered Afghanistan in Barbados. But they will not take Bangladesh lightly, given the history between these two teams in the men's T20 World Cups.
IND vs BAN Super 8 Prediction, T20 World Cup 2024: Head-to-Head, Antigua Pitch and Conditions, and Who Will Win?
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India and Bangladesh will resume an underrated rivalry when they meet in the T20 World Cup 2024 Super 8 match in Antigua on Saturday, June 22. India have dominated Bangladesh in T20I cricket. However, Bangladesh have often reserved their best for their neighbours, especially in ICC tournaments. Who can forget the 2016 T20 World Cup cliffhanger in Bengaluru or the recent meeting in Adelaide in 2022? However, Rohit Sharma's men will head into the contest at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua with quiet confidence, having remained unbeaten so far in the tournament.

There was chatter about how India would adapt to the conditions in the Caribbean after having played all their group-stage matches in the USA. The pitches in New York were bowler-friendly and India's batters found the going tough. However, the dominant win over Afghanistan in their first Super 8 match would have dispelled all doubts and proved naysayers wrong. India laid down a marker and established their title credentials, dismantling Rashid Khan's team by 47 runs after posting 181 in Bridgetown, Barbados. India bowled Afghanistan out for 134 in a terrific bowling show, led by 'generational talent' Jasprit Bumrah.

India will start the battle of neighbours as overwhelming favourites against a Bangladesh side that looked out-of-sorts against Australia in their first Super 8 match in Group 1. Najmul Hossain Shanto's men have been let down by their batters so far and fast bowler Taskin Ahmed did not mince words when he urged the batters to step in and offer more for them to defend.

"No, see, actually, the Super 8's Antigua and Barbados. These two venues have good wickets. Other than that, in all the venues and also in the US, batsmen in all teams have struggled a lot. Although we can bat better than this. Unfortunately, we couldn't do it. But now, there is no benefit in saying that we couldn't do it. Because the next match is very important. We have to do well in both batting and bowling. India is one of the top sides in the world. There is no doubt that they are a better team.

We have to do something extraordinary if we want to play with them," Taskin said on the eve of the Super 8 match in Antigua.

In fact, both teams have issues to address in their batting department. Bangladesh haven't got the best from openers Tanzid Hassan and Litton Das so far. Captain Najmul Shanto, who hit 41 against Australia, will be hopeful of doing better. The onus has been on Shakib Al Hasan, Towhid Hridoy and Mahmudullah to get them out of trouble, and even their two experienced batters have been inconsistent.

On the other hand, India would want their openers Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to fire. The new opening pair hasn't got going so far in the tournament and runs under the belt will do their confidence a world of good ahead of Monday's blockbuster against Australia. Virat Kohli spent time in the middle, hitting a run-a-ball 24 against Afghanistan in his first innings in which he spent more than 10 deliveries this tournament.

On the bowling front, Bangladesh have the quality with Mustafizur Rahman, Tanzim Sakib and Taskin Ahmed leading the pace attack. Rishad Hossain, their leg-spinner, has been extremely impressive, but Shakib Al Hasan needs to join the party. However, India's bowling attack is arguably the best in the tournament and have the edge over the Shakib-led unit.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: INDIA VS BANGLADESH

India have a 12-1 head-to-head record against Bangladesh. They have beaten Bangladesh four times in men's T20 World Cups without losing. But numbers don't tell how close some of these games have been.

ANTIGUA PITCH AND CONDITIONS

Much to everyone's good fortune, there are just a 23% chance of rain during the clash and sunny weather is expected throughout the fixture. Hence, the game is expected to go underway without any interruptions and fans will get to see a full 40-over fixture. The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, which hosted the game between Australia and Bangladesh earlier in the week, might serve a slow turner. Batting might not be as easy and the spinners will come into play.

TEAM NEWS: INDIA VS BANGLADESH, SUPER 8

All eyes are on India's team combination as Shivam Dube is under pressure after having not lived up to the reputation of a spin destroyer. Dube played a crucial knock in India's win over the USA, but he was undone by Rashid Khan against Afghanistan. India probably have one last chance to experiment with their batting unit before the the big game against Australia. Will they bring in Sanju Samson in place of Dube on Saturday?

On the other hand, Bangladesh are unlikely to change their combination despite the defeat to Australia.

IND v BAN, Super 8: Predicted XIs

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah.

Bangladesh: Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto (captain), Litton Kumar Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah, Jaker Ali, Rishad Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Tanzim Shakib.

INDIA VS BANGLADESH, SUPER 8: Who will win?

Yes, Bangladesh have run India close on a couple of occasions in the T20 World Cup in the past. However, in-form India have plenty of firepower to diffuse the threat on Saturday. A one-sided win for India might be on the cards.

Source: India Today

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