Two changes may come in Tigers XI

Published: 10 Nov 2019   

Online Desk

With the three-match series tied at 1-1, Bangladesh and India will face off in the series-deciding third T20I at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Nagpur at 7:30 pm (Bangladesh Time) on Sunday.

Bangladesh started their campaign with a seven-wicket win over a young Indian side in New Delhi and set their sights on a historic series win.

The visitors began well in the early part of the second T20I in Rajkot as they raced to 59/0 from seven overs after being put in to bat.

However, they lost their way against the Indian spinners and ended up posting a below-par total that he hosts chased down the total with ease.

Another good showing from stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma as well as valuable contributions from Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer ensured they chased down the required runs with eight wickets in hand.

Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah will be hoping for a better performance from his batsmen so that the bowlers, particularly the spinners, can take advantage which would be on offer.

On the other hand, Rohit will hope for an improved performance from his pacers who have not been able to make much of an impact so far in the two matches.

Teams batting first have won eight of the 11 T20Is played at this venue and thus it would be interesting to see what India would do in case they win the toss, given their preference for chasing down targets.

What to expect: Rohit expects a good batting track and it won't be surprising if he's granted one after the loss in Delhi. The track brought the Bangladesh spinners into play and the hosts wouldn't want to test themselves in the series-defining clash. As winter approaches, dew is likely to play a part.

Team news:

Bangladesh: 

Spinner Taizul Islam may be inclued in the team instead of pacer Shafiul Islam.

Mosaddek Hossain is struggling with a groin niggle and could well be rested. If that is the case, Mohammad Mithun will take his place in the eleven.

Probable XI: Liton Das, Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain/Mohammad Mithun, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain.

India: Khaleel's lukewarm performance has only strengthened calls for a change. Shardul Thakur could well be drafted in the playing XI with India likely to make just one change. Rohit too stressed it's not the right time to change things too drastically.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Khaleel Ahmed/Shardul Thakur.

Teams:

Bangladesh (From): Liton Das, Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah(c), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Mohammad Mithun, Taijul Islam, Arafat Sunny, Abu Hider Rony

India (From): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Khaleel Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Rahul Chahar, Sanju Samson, Manish Pandey

What they said:

"There's a lot of talk happening about Rishabh Pant every single day. I feel he needs to be allowed to do what he wants to do. I would request everyone to keep your eyes away from him. He's a young guy trying to make his mark. Every move he makes, people start talking about it and it's not fair. We have to focus on him when he's doing good things as well. He's just trying to do what the team management wants him to do. If you keep your eyes away from him, that'll help him perform well as well" - Rohit Sharma.

"I don't think we are ever going to be a West Indian or England type of batting line-up with guys who can get the ball out of the ground. Just physically we are not that type of team. Afif, Mosaddek and Liton are small boys, we all are trying to get the guys being smart. We are trying to use the pace, running hard between the wickets, getting gaps, picking up twos; six twos in an over is as good as two sixes. We are working on our other strengths" - Russell Domingo.


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