IND vs BAN 3rd T20I Preview: There were a lot of questions about India’s approach and intent in the first T20I. Rohit Sharma answered all of them head-on and confirmed that if the pitch allows, the ‘Men in Blue’ will definitely take a more attacking route, especially with the bat.
The stand-in Indian captain was the one leading from the front and changing fortunes and intent in the second game. He smashed the Bangladesh bowlers to all part of the ground in Rajkot. He made his 100th T20I special but missed out on a hundred as he got out for 85.
But the win was set-up by the bowlers. Yuzvendra Chahal was once again at the forefront of the comeback. He picked up a couple of key wickets while the other bowlers chipped in nicely. Barring Khaleel Ahmed, all the other bowlers fared well. The left-arm pacer’s spot in the XI seems to be in danger and it seems like Shardul Thakur might replace him in the final T20I.
As far as Bangladesh are concerned, they wasted a very good start with the bat. Liton Das and Mohammad Naim put on 60 for the opening stand and the visitors were well placed at the 10-over mark. There was a slowdown after the powerplay but they had wickets in hand and batsmen were setting themselves up for a big total. However, they lost wickets on a regular basis and never got going in the back half.
In fact, they couldn’t even double their score in the last 10 overs. Meanwhile, the bowlers are carted around and when someone like Rohit Sharma gets going like that, it’s hard to stop him. Young leg-spinner Aminul Islam was the pick of the bowlers and he was the one who picked up both wickets to fall in the first game. Mustafizur Rahman’s lack of form and effectiveness will be a concern for the Bangladesh team management. Their strike bowler has bowled 5.4 overs and has conceded 50 runs and hasn’t picked up a wicket so far in the series. Moreover, with Nagpur likely to assist the spinners, they might want to add an extra spin option in the XI and so, Taijul Islam might replace Al-Amin Hossain.
Shikhar Dhawan has struggled to get going in this series. While he may have scored 72 runs in the two games, he hasn’t looked fluent at all. He’s returned with scores of 13 off 18 and 13 off 15 in the two powerplays so far. There is quite a bit of pressure on the Delhi southpaw to come good. The battle between him and the Bangladeshi new ball bowlers will be an interesting one considering the pressure that Dhawan is under.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal
Bangladesh: Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain/ Taijul Islam
Bangladesh did wreak havoc when they beat India in the first T20I but normalcy was restored when India thrashed Bangladesh in the second game. They will be favourites to seal the series and register their first T20I series win at home in 2019.