Bangladesh-India T20i series
Optimistic Tigers meet charged-up India today in virtual final
Bangladesh, amidst storms ins and outs, are going to lock the horns with stable and mighty India today (Sunday) in the 3rd and final match of the three-match T20i series at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. The battle is scheduled to set in motion at 7:30pm (BST).
Touring Bangladesh beat India by seven wickets in the starter of the series on November 3 in Delhi to take 1-0 lead but almost unbeatable at home India took revenge in the very next duel on November 7 in Rajkot defeating visitors by eight wickets. Today's match thereby, became the series decider.
India must be looking to keep their record of 'never loosing at home in a T20i series' intact. Bangladesh on the other hand, are desperate to seal the very first T20i series against India. So, a rigorous battle is waiting in Nagpur today.
Bangladesh can name tow hurdles to win in today's crucial match. One is the inconsistency of reliable players like Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah and Mustafizur Rahman and the other one is Rohit Sharma, the most devastating Indian batsman against Bangladesh.
Mahmudullah and his fellow batters must find out a way to capitalize the starts they got in previous two matches. Young Naim Sheikh and man at three Soumya Sarkar failed to convert 'thirties' into 'fifties or more'. Mahmudullah did so. Afif Hossain and Mosaddek Hossain failed to justify their names with both bat and ball.
From bowling point of view, the feat of Mustafizur Rahman is yet to come and all of the three quick failed to find proper line and length in India so far. Charl Langeveldt, the Bangladesh pace bowling coach, might be concern about his duty and expectedly gave proper lesson to his men before the decisive brawl. The lone man of success with the orb in the tour in progress is young leggy Aminul Biplob, who scalped two wickets in both the previous matches.
Bangladesh however, have possibility to place in Taijul Islam in the playing eleven considering slowness of wicket at the Vidarbha stadium and Shofiul Islam will be sidelined then.
India conversely, have little scope to alter the winning combination and if any, it will be pacer Shadrul Thakur, who will succeed Khaleel Ahmed in the final troop of men in blues.
The wilderness of cyclone Bulbul is far away from Nagpur. Windy climate with clear sky is showing uninterrupted cricket here. Since the pitch grows slower with the progression of the match, so the toss will be the key factor here and the captain favoured by luck must prefer to bat first in the underlight game.
The two neighbouring sides will meet for a two-match colour-ball series followed by the T20i fixtures. The first five-day match will commence on November 14 at Holkar Cricket stadium in Indore while the last Test and ultimate clash of Bangladesh's tour in India this year will begin on November 22 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Kolkata Test will be the first ever pink-ball game for both hosts and guests.