Whereas smog and a cyclone risk hovered over the earlier two T20I clashes between India and Bangladesh, clear skies are anticipated to greet the 2 groups after they meet within the collection decider in Nagpur on Sunday.
The collection is at the moment locked at 1-1 after Bangladesh recorded their maiden T20I win over India in Delhi earlier than the hosts stormed again in fashion in Rajkot to degree issues.
The Vidarbha Cricket Affiliation Stadium in Nagpur has performed host to 11 T20Is beforehand, though solely certainly one of them has surprisingly featured India.
That was a low-scoring encounter towards England in January 2017 with the hosts notching up a slim five-run win.
Bangladesh’s shot at historic collection win
Having registered their first win over India within the T20I format, Bangladesh now possess the prospect of accomplishing a historic collection victory towards their subcontinent neighbours. The Tigers have traditionally struggled within the shortest format of the sport with just one outright collection win of their final 13 makes an attempt.
That uncommon collection win (2-1) got here towards West Indies final yr and they’re going to hope to repeat these exploits in India’s personal yard as they bid to affirm their T20 credentials. The guests arrived for the tour after weeks of drama again residence, with participant strikes and a suspension for star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan interrupting their preparations.
Regardless of additionally lacking the companies of veteran opener Tamim Iqbal, the Tigers have proven, within the collection opener not less than, that they’re nonetheless greater than a match for the Indians. The loss in Rajkot was a complete one for Mahmudullah’s males, nonetheless, they’ll fancy their possibilities on a Nagpur monitor which might play to their strengths as a result of its conventional sluggish nature.
Dhawan, Khaleel beneath the highlight for India
As India seek for their first residence T20I collection win of 2019, the highlight will likely be on Khaleel Ahmed who has been extremely costly with the ball to this point. The younger left-arm seamer brings one thing totally different to the desk for India however his eight overs within the two T20s towards Bangladesh have leaked 81 runs.
The 21-year-old hasn’t precisely set the world alight together with his wicket-taking skill both, with simply the 2 scalps taken. As India look to seal a collection triumph, the axe may be very more likely to fall on Khaleel with the choice of Shardul Thakur ready on the bench.
In the meantime, opener Shikhar Dhawan has racked up scores of 41 and 31 within the two clashes though his strike-rate has left lots to be desired. The left-handed opener was placing the runs at a price of virtually 150 in T20Is final yr, however it has drastically dropped right down to 110 in 2019.
His close to run-a-ball strategy has meant that his opening companion Rohit has needed to step up the ante, and to his credit score, the stand-in India skipper has most of the time delivered. Nonetheless, with India’s staff administration always harping about adopting an attacking T20 strategy, Dhawan might want to step it up sooner somewhat than later.
Rohit places his religion in Pant
With Sanju Samson being handed a uncommon India call-up for the collection, all eyes have been on Rishabh Pant with the younger wicketkeeper’s spot within the taking part in XI firmly beneath the scanner. Whereas his erratic shot-selection has been the topic to loads of scrutiny in the previous few months, Pant has now come beneath criticism for his shoddy glovework as effectively.
His botched stumping of Liton Das within the second T20 raised additional eyebrows over his wicketkeeping abilities, which truthfully haven’t been essentially the most polished since he made his India debut. Nonetheless, the continual highlight on him has irked Rohit, who has requested Pant’s critics to put off the teenager.
“You recognize there’s quite a lot of discuss taking place about Rishabh Pant day-after-day, each minute,” Rohit mentioned on the eve of the ultimate T20I.
“I simply really feel that he must be allowed to do what he desires to do on the sphere. I might request everybody to maintain their eyes away from Pant for some time. He’s a younger man, 22, attempting to make a mark in worldwide cricket. Each transfer he makes on the sphere, individuals begin speaking about him.
“He’s a fearless cricketer and we wish him to have that freedom. And when you guys take your eyes off him for a while, it can enable to carry out even higher.”
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