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Match Reports,07 July 2015

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Cricket Analyst's View: India starts as favourite

Cricket Analyst's View: India starts as favourite - Cricket News
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one of the most skillful swing bowlers around and Mohammed Shami has been decent too.
India are deserved favourites for this tournament. They have huge power and depth in batting and quality and variety in their bowling.

Although Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have yet to put together a substantial opening stand they have a great record in ODIs together and form the ideal left hand-right hand combination.

While Dhawan is destructive against pace, Rohit is sublime against spin with fabulous touch play so it doesn’t make it easy for the opposition to know what style of bowling to open with. Dhawan does have an occasional problem against spin though and can suffer from overconfidence, but Rohit is in supreme form. He is one of only four players to have scored five fifties in ICC World T20. Most of those were not out.
The quality down the order is immense, although Yuvraj’s form is currently suspect. Despite one of the best T20 strike rates in the world (153) he scratched around for 10 from 19 balls against West indies. But with the power and range of the superb Virat Kohli on one side and Suresh Raina on the other, Yuvraj’s indifferent performances hardly matter. And there is MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja to come after. The batting is superb.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one of the most skillful swing bowlers around (he opened with 3 overs for 3 runs against the West indies and beat both Gayle and Smith consistently) and Mohammed Shami is decent too. Both have good control but they could come unstuck if someone took them on as they both lack real pace and Shami in particular can be a bit predictable. 

After that it is spin all the way. Ravi Ashwin, one of the most economical ODI bowlers in the world is reliable and good at bowling with the new ball and few seem able to pick double man-of-the-match winner Amit Mishra’s googly. And Jadeja has clever changes of pace. So with Raina as useful back up, Dhoni has a range of options with the ball. 

The one thing lacking is a genuine death bowler.
Bangladesh have gone backwards. They are heavily reliant on Shakib Al Hasan’s all-round abilities and Tamim Iqbal at the start. The only other classy batsman is Mushfiqur Rahim. There is not enough power or smart thinking down the order. The bowling hasn’t particularly developed either although Al-Amin’s effort at the death – to take three West indies wickets in the final over at a cost of only two runs with very cleverly delivered slower balls was superb. His control and temperament were excellent. But it will be severely tested by India’s array of brilliant strokemakers. It is a potential mismatch.     

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