India will take on Bangladesh in the 17th match of the Men’s World Cup ODI at MCA Stadium in Pune on Thursday, 19th October. The Men in Blue were off to a brilliant start with three successive wins, while Bangladesh registered a win and two losses in the prestigious tournament so far. India and Bangladesh will play their first match against each other since the Asian Champion League 2023, where the latter team lost by six runs. In the last four matches against India, Bangladesh won on three occasions.

In the Men’s World Cup ODI, India and Bangladesh have faced off against each other four times. Out of these four matches, India have won thrice whereas Bangladesh came out victorious only once. Bangladesh’s only victory against India in the World Cup was in 2007. It was a massive win for Bangladesh which led to the Men in Blue’s exit from the ODI World Cup that year. In the upcoming match of the Men’s World Cup ODI 2023 is expected to be exciting as India will look to continue their winning streak while Bangladesh will aim to bounce back from two consecutive defeats.

Players To Watch Out For

R Sharma (IND): After the duck out in India’s opening match against Australia, R Sharma found his rhythm in the next two games. He scored a match-winning century against Afghanistan, followed up with an 86-run knock against arch-rivals Pakistan. Sharma is currently the third-leading run-scorer in the Men’s World Cup ODI, aggregating 217 runs, including a century and a fifty, at an average of 72.33 and an impressive strike rate of 141.83 in three matches so far. R Sharma’s return to groove gave a significant boost to India’s top-order. His form is crucial for India in the ongoing Men’s ODI World Cup. R Sharma will look to come up with goods again in the upcoming match against Bangladesh.

M Hasan Miraz (BAN): M Hasan Miraz is one of the crucial players for Bangladesh in the ongoing Men’s World Cup ODI. He is a reliable top-order batsman for the team who can anchor the innings. In Bangladesh’s opening match against Afghanistan, Miraz scored 57 runs off 73 balls in a 156-run chase. Then, he scored 30 off 46 balls against New Zealand. M Hasan Miraz is a flexible batsman who can bat at any position, which makes him a valuable asset to the team. Since he is an all-rounder, he will also come in handy with the ball and can take wickets in the middle overs. M Hasan Miraz is expected to make an impact with his all-round performance against India.

S Iyer (IND): S Iyer is one of the crucial middle-order batsmen for India in the ongoing Men’s World Cup ODI. The 28-year-old didn’t have a good start to the tournament following his duck out against Australia but made contributions to India’s wins against Afghanistan and Pakistan. He scored an unbeaten 25 against Afghanistan, followed by an unbeaten 53 against arch-rivals Pakistan. S Iyer has been one of the reliable batsmen in the middle order in ODIs for India. He can anchor the innings in the middle order while batting first or chasing the target. Since Iyer has found his form, India management is expected to rely on him, alongside KL Rahul and H Pandya, in the middle-order of the batting line-up. S Iyer will look to come up with goods against Bangladesh.

T Ahmed (BAN): T Ahmed is one of the key bowlers for Bangladesh in the Men’s World Cup ODI. Though he has managed to take only two wickets in the tournament so far, Ahmed has shown promise with his brilliant bowling. He has a decent pace and ability to swing the ball, which makes him one of the key bowlers for Bangladesh. He can trouble the batsmen by delivering the ball in good line and length. T Ahmed and M Rahman can make a formidable pace attack for Bangladesh. The 28-year-old performs well with the new ball and can take wickets in the powerplay. T Ahmed might pose a threat to India’s batting line-up.

M Siraj (IND): M Siraj has performed decently in the Men’s World Cup ODI thus far. After conceding 76 runs without taking a wicket in his 10 overs quota against Afghanistan, the 28-year-old bounced back with two wickets off 50 runs against Pakistan. He picked a crucial wicket of B Azam to turn the game for India. He was fetching the ball at good line and length, the improvements he made after the match against Afghanistan. On his day, M Siraj can pose a tough challenge to the best batsmen in the world with his swing bowling. M Siraj is one of the important bowlers for India in the powerplay as well as in the middle overs. Siraj will look to make an impact in the upcoming match against Bangladesh.

Predicted Playing XI

IND: S Gill, R Sharma [C], V Kohli, S Iyer, KL Rahul [WK], H Pandya, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, K Yadav, M Siraj, J Bumrah,

BAN: L Das, T Hasan, M Hasan Miraz, Shanto, S Al Hassan [C], M Rahim [WK], T Hridoy, Mahmudullah, T Ahmed, M Rahman, S Islam

Fantasy Playing XI

Wicketkeeper: KL Rahul

Batsmen: R Sharma, L Das, V Kohli, S Iyer,

All-rounders: H Pandya, M Hasan Miraz

Bowlers: K Yadav, T Ahmed, M Siraj, M Rahman,


With 3 out of 3 wins, India will maintain their winning streak in the upcoming match against Bangladesh. The Men in Blue has a balanced side compared to Bangladesh. India’s bowling line-up is quite strong, which was very much evident during the match against Pakistan. Also, India will look to avenge their Asian Champion League defeat against Bangladesh in front of the home crowd in Pune. Since the Pune pitch is a flat track, India will look to put up a solid total on the board if they opt to bat first against Bangladesh.