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IND vs BAN 2022-23, 2nd ODI: Litmus test for big guns as India in must-win encounter against Bangladesh

IND vs BAN 2022-23: India and Bangladesh would engage in the second Dhaka ODI on Wednesday after the hosts pulled off a stunning win in the opener. As the visitors are in a must-win clash, it would be the litmus test for India's big guns.

IND vs BAN 2022-23, Dhaka/2nd ODI preview, venue, date, time, where to watch live streaming: India in must-win encounter against Bangladesh-ayh
First Published Dec 7, 2022, 7:00 AM IST

Trying to pick up pieces after a demoralising defeat, India's decorated top-order will be desperate to change the narrative and give a better account of itself against slow bowling in the do-or-die second ODI against Bangladesh at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Wednesday. Having failed to take the last wicket when Bangladesh needed more than 50 runs, Indian bowlers could not deliver, but there is no denying the fact that a star-studded batting line-up needs to show more responsibility. The last time India played a bilateral series in Bangladesh was back in 2015 when under Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the team lost the three-match series 1-2, and the only win came in the dead third rubber.

History could repeat itself at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium if spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraj can once again keep the Indian batters under wraps between overs 11-40. That was the actual struggle for all Indian batters except KL Rahul (73 off 70 balls), who was the best player in the opening game.

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While there are still ten months left for the 2023 ICC World Cup, it is not yet clear what exactly will be the Indian team's approach. The talks around adopting a "fearless approach" have been going on for some time, but its implementation has only been sporadic. At times, adapting to conditions and reacting to situations has gained more prominence.

The track at Mirpur wasn't precisely a batting beauty, but it also didn't warrant a score of 186. The erstwhile selection committee's decision to rest both Shubman Gill and Sanju Samson for this series has been equally baffling. The logic given by the former chairman of selectors, Chetan Sharma, was that they had picked a fresh bunch of players for the series due to a short turnaround from New Zealand.


Gill wasn't a part of the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup and didn't play the Twenty20 International (T20I) series in New Zealand (he was part of the squad, though), so leaving him out was baffling. One of the problems with the Indian top-order players is that they are accelerating the run rate while consuming way more dot deliveries than they should.

In the match against Bangladesh, dot balls worth more than 25 overs were consumed even as they batted for less than 42 overs. If the eight overs they couldn't bat are considered, the team missed out on scoring off almost 200 balls. In modern-day cricket, when England changes the rules of engagement across formats in every sense, the Indian team takes one step forward and four backward.

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The idea of handing the gloves to KL Rahul wasn't about increasing flexibility in the team but ensuring that both Rahul and Dhawan could be fitted in the same playing XI going into the CWC. Samson, one of the most striking players, wasn't even picked for this series, and Ishan Kishan, who scored a 93 in his last ODI series, despite being a specialist keeper-batter, was benched.

Rajat Patidar and Rahul Tripathi, in the brief period they have been picked in the Indian team, have been travellers, and it is still unclear how the team management plans to test these youngsters before pruning the list to maybe 18-20. The tough calls have yet to be taken by head coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma, and it doesn't look like it will be taken any time soon.

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Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc and wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Sen, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Washington Sundar, Rahul Tripathi and Rajat Patidar.
Bangladesh: Litton Das, Anamul Hague Bijoy, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Yasir All Chowdhury, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Nasum Ahmed, Mahmud Ullah, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Nurul Hasan and Shoriful Islam.

Match details
Date and day:
December 7, 2022 (Wednesday)
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Time: 11.30 AM (IST)
Where to watch (TV): Sony Ten 5 (English), Sony Ten 3 (Hindi) and Sony Ten 4 (Tamil and Telugu) - Also available in HD
Where to watch (Online): Sony LIV

(With inputs from PTI)

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