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Antigua Pitch Report: How will the surface at Vivian Richards Stadium play in IND vs BAN match?

Antigua Pitch Report: How will the surface at Vivian Richards Stadium play in IND vs BAN match?

Sometimes sluggish, sometimes a paradise for hard hitters, what's cooking this time on the pitch of Sir Vivian Richards Stadium ahead of the India vs Bangladesh Super 8 encounter?

After dominating the Super 8 game against Afghanistan, India will eye an early entry into the semifinals. As the Men in Blue are gearing up for the Bangladesh challenge at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua, on Saturday, June 22. 

India has been on an unbeaten run in this T20 World Cup 2024. Whereas Bangladesh has been struggling, they recently lost convincingly to Australia in their Super 8 opener. Both teams are placed in Group 1, where India, Australia, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh are eying for the top two spots. Since the match is important for both teams, every aspect becomes crucial, and the pitch is certainly one of them. Let’s have a look at the Sir Vivian Richards pitch report and see what we can expect from the surface.

IND vs BAN: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium Pitch Report

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium usually offers a balanced surface, benefiting both batters and bowlers. The pitch has been particularly good for big hitters, with the ball coming onto the bat well. What’s most interesting is that batters can score runs in both innings.

Taking the example of the recent game, South Africa scored the giant T20I score of 194 against the USA here. Also, USA wicketkeeper Andries Gous played a crucial innings of 80 runs, almost snatching the game from the Proteas. However, in the latest game at this venue, Bangladesh were restricted to 140 by Australia’s pace factory dominating the game, which is an example of how well-balanced the pitch is here.

Since the pitch usually produces many runs, the captain who wins the toss might choose to bat first to put up a big total. As chasing might be risky in such a high-pressure game.

IND vs BAN head-to-head in T20I

In the last 13 occasions of IND vs BAN meetings in T20Is, India holds a consistent advantage, having won 12 times, which includes four clashes in the T20 World Cup. Bangladesh won only once, and that was in the 2019 bilateral series.

Antigua Ground Stats

T20I Matches35
Matches won batting first16
Matches won bowling first17
Average first-inning score123
Highest total scored194/4 by South Africa vs USA
Highest score chased153/3 by Scotland vs. Oman
Lowest total recorded47/10 by Oman vs England

IND vs BAN probable XI

India predicted playing XI

Rohit Sharma (C) Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Arhsdeep Singh, and Jasprit Bumrah

Bangladesh predicted playing XI

Tanzid Hasan, Litton Das (wk), Najmul Hossain Shanto (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan, Rishad Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, and Mustafizur Rahman

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