India vs Bangladesh: The third T20I is all set to see the series decider in Nagpur.
|Occasion||Third T20I, India vs Bangladesh|
|Location||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur|
|Date & Time||Sunday, November 10, 7 pm|
INDIA VS BANGLADESH THIRD T20I PREVIEW
In what can rhetorically be called a perfect script with the movie climax being shown in Nagpur, India are set to play Bangladesh for the series decider in the third and final T20I.
It started with Bangladesh scripting a historic win by defeating Team India for the first time in T20I history. Rohit Sharma then inspired a fabulous win with a Captain’s knock that shattered Bangladesh’s bowling to all parts of the ground.
Both teams have their set of positives and improvement areas to look at. While India have their issues with their pace bowling, their Batsmen look well settled. Meanwhile, some basic wicket-keeping errors by Rishabh Pant have lit up the Critics once again. Rohit Sharma, however, has requested people to give Rishabh Pant the much-needed space for him to grow.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, would need their Batsmen to step up. Apart from Mushfiqur Rahim, no other Batsman has looked threatening. In the bowling department too, Bangladesh have only Aminul Islam as their key performer.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Nagpur has traditionally not been a high scoring ground. The last T20I was played in 2017, which saw India defending a low score of 144. Even the last ODI was a low scoring affair with India defending a low score of 250 runs against Australia.
However, the expectation for the third T20I is that it should favor the batting side more. This should certainly please the Indian Team Management as a slow and low pitch like Delhi would have most likely favored Bangladesh more.
KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Shikhar Dhawan, the partner in crime for Rohit Sharma would once again find himself in the hot seat. While he has found starts in both the T20Is, it is the strike rate that is the concern.
The southpaw has scored 72 runs at a strike rate of 104.35. This isn’t inspiring as we expect a far better performance from our openers, and Shikhar Dhawan predominantly.
Rishabh Pant is never out of focus when he is playing for the national side. While his batting has been in focus in the recent few months, it is his wicket-keeping that has got attention this time.
The lad has been doing some basic wicket-keeping errors, thus making him a troll material on Social Media. He would once again be under the scanner with Sanju Samson knocking the doors for the playing XI.
In the absence of Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim is Bangladesh’s most experienced player in the Team currently. The former Bangladesh Captain played a superb match-winning knock in the first T20I, but failed to replicate in the second T20I.
With the series at stake, Bangladesh would have a lot of expectation from Mushfiqur Rahim, and would want him to deliver one last time.
Khaleel Ahmed has looked wayward with his line and length, and has been expensive with his bowling in both the T20Is. With the series at stake, India would want to give Khaleel a break, and play Shardul Thakur instead.
For Bangladesh, Mosaddek Hossain is struggling with a groin injury, so that means, Mohammad Mithun might get a place in the playing 11 instead of him.
INDIA VS BANGLADESH THIRD T20I EXPECTED PLAYING 11:
India: Rohit Sharma(C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(WK), Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Shardul Thakur
Bangladesh: Liton Das, Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim(WK), Mahmudullah (C), Atif Hossain, Aminul Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, and Shaiful Islam.
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Adesh Kothari is the founder of AK4Tsay1 Cricalytics.
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