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Tigers asked to bowl first in do-or-die battle against India

FE Online Desk | Tuesday, 2 July 2019


India have won the toss and asked Bangladesh to bowl first at the Edgbaston in Birmingham today.

With Pakistan and England breathing heavily on their neck, nothing other than a victory would keep the Tigers in the World Cup semifinal race.

The match is taking place on the same batting-friendly ground where hosts England stopped India’s unbeaten streak in this World Cup on Sunday.

Two changes have been made in the Bangladesh line-up today, skipper Mashrafe Mortaza has informed.

Pacer Rubel Hossain has been brought back to the squad replacing off-spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz, who has been Bangladesh’s most economical bowler in the tournament.

Senior batsman Mahmudullah Riyad has been ruled out with a calf muscle tear sustained in the 62-run win over Afghanistan last Monday and replaced by Sabbir Rahman.

India team has also seen a few changes.

Captain Virat Kohli said, "A couple of changes, Kuldeep is not playing, Kumar comes in. Karthik is also in place of Jadhav." 

Bangladesh XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman

India XI: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah