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Nidahas Trophy: India start firm favourites against Bangladesh in final

NEW DELHI: India had the better of Bangladesh in the previous encounter of the Nidahas Trophy. However, following their dramatic win against Sri Lanka where tempers flew and the Bangladesh dressing room was vandalised, Shakib Al Hasan‘s team looks different, and one that is high on confidence and believe it can finally open their account against India in T20Is.

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The established names of Bangladesh cricket will be put to test against a formidable Indian outfit, which hasn’t looked back following the loss to Sri Lanka in the tournament opener. Since, they have registered three wins to seal passage to Sunday’s summit clash, with youngsters exuding promise in the absence of some of their biggest names.

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Will Bangladesh get the better of their Asian counterparts or will India add to their glorious run in limited-overs format? The question will be answered today evening.

Venue: Premadasa Stadium Colombo

Date: March 18, 2018

Time: 1900 IST

Weather: Humid with a maximum of 31 degree, scattered thunderstorms expected.

Team News

India: Jaydev Unadkat, who missed the game against Bangladesh, was seen bowling in full rhythm. Expect him to replace Mohammed Siraj, who returned expensive figures.

Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Vijay Shankar, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Yuzvendra Chahal

Bangladesh: Expect Bangladesh to not make any changes and play the same side that clinched a win against Sri Lanka and booked them a place in the final.

Playing XI: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper), Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam

Stats:

– This will be the eighth T20 between these teams, India have claimed victory in each of their previous seven clashes with Bangladesh.

– India have been victorious in nine of their 11 outings at R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo; winning each of their last three at the venue.

– India have won more T20 international matches than any other side since 2016; winning 29 of their 40 completed fixtures, equating to a rate of 73 percent.

– Five of the six matches in this Tri-Series have been won by the chasing side, with each side to win the toss deciding to bat second, India’s win over Bangladesh in the penultimate game the exception to this.

– Washington Sundar comes into the final as the leading wicket in this series (7), he’s also the only bowler to achieve an economy rate below 6 runs per over (2+ overs bowled, 5.9).
– Rohit Sharma requires only 27 runs to leapfrog three batsmen and go 5th in the list of all-time leading T20I run scorers (Shahzad, Malik and JP Duminy); he’s currently posted 1,796 at an average of 30, only Colin Munro (3) has recorded more centuries than him (2).
Quotes:

In sub-continent conditions, (Bangladesh) are a very good team. When we play Bangladesh, if we win, it’s like ‘Ok, you’ve won against Bangladesh’, but if we lose, it’s like: ‘Dude, you’ve lost to Bangladesh. What are you doing?'” – Dinesh Karthik

“It is an important match but it is only just another match. We will go out there to win.” – Shakib Al Hasan

Source : timesofindia

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