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Bangladesh seek historic series win in Nagpur


After a series of off-field events before the start of the tour, the T20I series between India and Bangladesh is looming for a thriller as both sides look to seal the series, which is leveled 1-1. The third T20I is at Nagpur’s Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.

This is the first-ever bilateral T20I series between these two nations. They have faced each other on several occasions in T20 World Cup, Asia Cup and Nidahas Trophy. The drama of Bengaluru, Colombo and Asia Cup final in Dhaka – all had been involved in these multi-nation tournaments.

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Bangladesh’s first T20I win over India came in the series opener in Delhi under Mahmudullah Riyad’s leadership, who guided his side to a seven-wicket victory. India, powered by skipper Rohit Sharma, struck back with eight-wicket win to square up the series in Rajkot.

Nagpur is set for the series decider. Unlike Delhi (air pollution) and Rajkot (cyclone), Nagpur fortunately does not posses any natural threat. Delhi’s slow nature of the pitch was followed by a batting paradise in Rajkot. The series decider looks like to have the similar conditions like the first T20I. Spinners could be at the party again on a slow Nagpur track.

Both sides are expected to make changes. India’s Khaleel Ahmed, who has been expensive in the two games, will make way for Shardul Thakur.

Bangladesh will add a left-arm spinner – either Arafat Sunny or Taijul Islam in place of Shafiul Islam.

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal

Bangladesh: Liton Das, Mohammad Naim Sheikh, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah Riyad (captain), Afif Hossain Dhrubo, Mosaddek Hossain, Aminul Islam Biplob, Taijul Islam/Arafat Sunny, Al-Amin Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman

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