After a surprising defeat to Sri Lanka in the T20 Tri-Nation series, the Rohit-led Team India will be looking to get back on the winning track in the 2nd T20I against Bangladesh on 8 March.
The Indian bowlers succumbed to pressure against the Lankan onslaught, owing in a major part, to immense dew on the ground while defending a decent score of 174. It was Kusal Perera’s fiery 66 off 37 balls which powered Sri Lanka to a comfortable win in the 19th over of a well-poised match.
India Team News
Given that all the matches are slated to take place at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, toss might well play a crucial role in deciding the course of the match. The teams winning the toss are likely to chase more often than not, as it was the case in the 1st T20I.
The fact that India have lost their last 5 out of 6 T20Is while defending will push the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma to chase in the upcoming clash. Although the problem of plenty hovers around the Indian setup, Rohit is expected to leave the playing XI unaltered against Bangladesh.
Besides, the bowling cordon lacks a bit experience without the presence of their regular bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav. The testimony was Shardul Thakur being hammered away for 27 runs by Perera with the rest of the rookie bowlers getting the similar treatment.
Axar Patel might be drafted in the scheme of things in order to add an extra bowler in the team combination. Also, KL Rahul could replace any of the top order batsmen, considering his ability to shift gears wisely.
Starting XI (Last Match): Dinesh Karthik (wk), Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Jaydev Unadkat, Yuzvendra Chahal, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar.
Bangladesh Team News
Mahmadullah will continue to lead the side in the absence of injured Shakib-al-Hasan who hasn’t played since the Sri Lankan series.
Bangladesh haven’t been able to reciprocate their losing streak since a successful Champions Trophy campaign in 2017. A string of one-sided defeats to Sri Lanka across formats earlier this year will impose an unwanted pressure on Bangladesh in their upcoming fixture against India.
Opener Tamim Iqbal stated that the team is not in the best frame of mind. ”It will be a different challenge here for me and also our team. We know that we are not in the best of form as a team but this can happen as I have said it’s normal for a batsman and a bowler, we go through good form and bad patches. So, as a team it is quite normal for that to happen,” said Iqbal.
Full Squad: Mahmudullah (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicket-keeper), Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Hider, Abu Jayed, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, Liton Das.
Here are our recommended picks who could add value to your Funtasy 11 squads in the upcoming India vs Bangladesh clash:
Top Fantasy Picks
India: Shikhar Dhawan – The southpaw has been in fine form in the shortest format for a quite a while. He has smashed 233 runs at an astounding average of 58.25 in his last 4 innings.
Bangladesh: Mustafizur Rahman – Mere 19 T20Is old and the left arm seamer has already scalped 28 wickets at 16.92, which makes him the x-factor in the Bangladesh team.
Punt Pick: Mehedi Hasan – Hasan’s all-around ability could possibly pave the way for Bangladesh in the all-important fixture against India