India look to keep their proud home record intact

Nagpur: India and Bangladesh go up against each other in the decider of the three-T20I series at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur on Sunday. Mahmdullah-led Bangladesh side who had nothing to lose before the series stunned India in the first T20I, followed by a clinical performance from stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma and his brigade levelling the series. Bangladesh have a ten percent win record in 10 games after two games including the historic win in Delhi. And now, both the teams will look to field their best side as they eye the trophy.

Despite the fact that the series on the line, India may look to test their bench strength, replacing the one who have under-performed in the series so far.

Left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed has struggled against the Bangladesh batsmen. Ahmed has bowled eight overs and leaked 81 runs in series. Shardul Thakur is likely to replace him in the team. Sanju Samson is yet to make his T20I debut. Samson might get a chance ahead of Shivam Dube or Rohit may give him a chance ahead of KL Rahul who has struggled to find boundaries and scored less than run-a-ball in the series so far.

Will target inexperienced bowling attack of India

Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo said his team will be targeting a rather inexperienced Indian bowling attack to upstage the hosts in the T20 series. The Indian team is without the services of injured pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, seamer Bhuvneswar Kumar and all-rounder Hardik Pandya with Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Washington Sundar shouldering the bowling responsibilities in the 3-match series.

Keep your eyes away from Pant for a while, says Rohit

Stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma backed Rishabh Pant and said everyone should keep their eyes away from him for a while. “You know there is a lot of talk happening about Rishabh Pant every day, every minute. I just feel that he needs to be allowed to do what he wants to do on the field. I would request everyone to keep their eyes away from Pant for a while,” Sharma said. Pant’s performance in the last game became the centre of attention as he showcased poor skills behind the stumps.

1 scalp away from picking 50 wickets

The spinner is just one wicket away from becoming the third Indian bowler to scalp 50 T20I wickets. If he manages to do so in the final T20I, he would join Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin to take 50 wickets in the shortest format of the game. Ashwin currently has 52 wickets while Bumrah has scalped 51 wickets. If Chahal manages to take four wickets, he will surpass Ashwin to become India’s leading wicket-taker in the format. Currently, the series between India and Bangladesh is levelled at 1-1. Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav were left out of the T20 series against the Windies and South Africa after the 50-over WC. The selectors did not pick them as they wanted to try out some fringe players ahead of T20 WC next year.