The streets of Australia are filled with individuals working out before work or waiting in line for coffee “to go” at dawn. Even on dreary days, like this World Cup has had, the sun shines, urging that the day be grasped. India hasn’t started the World Cup well. They arrive in South Australia with qualifying aspirations in control. Still, they know that one ball against Pakistan might put them in the same position as last year’s brutal campaign in the UAE.
The Perth South Africa match highlighted numerous team specifics. Although deliberate and calculated, their superior batting arm hasn’t lit up the World Cup. Worse, they’re clinging to the last remnants of their fielding reputation, which has been eroded over the past year. However, with qualifying in sight, India must refocus against a Bangladesh team they should dominate on paper.
Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid must avoid any hiccups in selection, strategy, or execution to achieve their goals. They’ll recognize that World Cups, like life, are about winning the critical battles. Wednesday’s game qualifies. Then their opponents. Bangladesh is a T20 team in flux with a reluctant skipper.
Despite their dismal run-rate, they are tied with India on points and in the race. Seven years ago, cricket’s late risers showed their full potential in Adelaide. Shakib al Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, and Soumya Sarkar are the only survivors from that day, and they’ll hope Wednesday is another key day in their T20 odyssey.
When: India vs Bangladesh, ICC men’s T20 World Cup 2022, November 2, 18:30 Local, 13:30 IST
Where: Adelaide Oval
T20I Head to Head: India 10 – 1 Bangladesh. India have also won in each of the three T20 World Cup encounters, the last a dramatic one-run win in Bengaluru in 2016
Adelaide’s weather Update
Adelaide’s weather has changed considerably. After a sunny weekend, it’s gloomy, cold, and muddy. The game is unlikely to be canceled despite short rains expected around 7 PM local time. Adelaide’s first World Cup match will be at a site with big straight boundaries and more spinner freedom. The average first innings score in the BBL since 2019-20 is 164, with batting teams winning 16 and chasing teams winning 9.