Bangladesh eye spot in final, India out to maintain momentum

Match details

R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
March 14, Wednesday; 19:00 IST
Live on DSport channel

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Bangladesh will go into Wednesday’s match with two incentives up for grabs: one is, they can bring their five-match winless run in T20Is against India to an end and, in doing so, seal their spot in the final, which India have almost made it to by winning against Sri Lanka on Monday.

Led by Mushfiqur Rahim’s career-best 72*, Bangladesh successfully chased a record target (215) against Sri Lanka and will take confidence from that batting performance into the match against India, who, however, are a much stronger team in every department than the Lankan Lions. The Bangladeshi bowlers obviously need to step up from being ineffective and expensive to at least being able to stem the run flow. Their fast bowlers aren’t short on talent and exposure and with the conditions at the R Premadasa Stadium being batsmen-friendly, they need to be the differential to the equation.

India can play with the luxury of having almost reached the final, but this team will not take the foot off the pedal and look to maintain the winning momentum. The likes of Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma have yet to make a significant contribution with the bat, while Yuzvendra Chahal has been less of a threat and quite expensive in the three matches so far. So, as three of the most important personnel, these players certainly have scope for improvement and this match—given the considerable lack of pressure from an Indian viewpoint—is a perfect opportunity for them to regain their best form ahead of Sunday’s final.

Playing conditions and weather forecast

All four matches in this tournament so far have been won by the team batting second, indicating not only the influence of the toss but also the batsmen-friendly nature of the Premadasa pitch. Wednesday might throw up another run-fest!

As for the toss, India might want to bat first if Rohit wins the toss, with an intention to equip themselves for a similar scenario come the final. Bangladesh, who have yet to reach the final, will obviously prefer chasing, particularly after having chased down a 200-plus score only four evenings ago.

The weather forecast is for thunderstorms in the evening.

Nidahas Trophy, India vs Bangladesh playing XI

Taskin Ahmed (1 for 40 in three overs) and Rubel Hossain (0 for 45 in four overs) were expensive against Sri Lanka and this will worry the Bangladeshi team management. But being the senior pros in the side, Taskin and Rubel will be backed to come good and are likely to be persisted with.

Probable Bangladesh playing XI vs India: 1 Mahmudullah (c), 2 Tamim Iqbal, 3 Litton Das, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Sabbir Rahman, 6 Soumya Sarkar, 7 Mehidy Hasan, 8 Taskin Ahmed, 9 Rubel Hossain, 10 Nazmul Islam, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

India, too, are likely to remain unchanged for this match.

Probable India playing 11 vs Sri Lanka: 1 Rohit Sharma (C), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Vijay Shankar, 7 Lokesh Rahul, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Jaydev Unadkat, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Washington Sundar

Match prediction

Bangladesh’s confidence clashing against India’s all-round firepower is likely to make this another intriguing contest. As aforementioned, the bowling attacks need to make the difference for their teams with the conditions being excellent for batting.

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