Date & Time: Sunday, November 03, 19:00 IST
Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi, India
India seek to experiment against depleted Bangladesh
It’s time for India vs Bangladesh, as the neighboring nations gear up for their longest tour in India to date. The clash is perceived to be a modern rivalry in some corners, even considering that the visitor is yet to win a game against the host in the T20 format. It might be due to the few thrillers their contests have witnessed at the big stage. But now, it seems tougher for Bangladesh to come close to a win, with a few of their key players missing from the tour for various reasons. India, on the other hand, in the absence of their regular skipper is in for a few experiments as part of their build-up to the T20 World Cup in Australia.
India Possible XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Manish Pandey/Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal/Rahul Chahar.
Bangladesh Possible XI: Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mohammad Mithun, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah (c), Mosaddek Hossain, Afif Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Taijul Islam.
All the talk has been more about the abject climate in Delhi which is filled with smog. Coming to the surface, it is expected to offer something for Pacers as per few reports with the presence of dew on the grass, yet spin won’t be out of the equation.
He usually enjoys batting against the visitors and with the present form he is in, he might take his performance to another level. Although he has to be careful in doing so as he struggled against Al-Amin Hossain in the past where he was dismissed by him twice and scored just 13 runs off 12 balls faced.
He may be out of the longer format and finding it difficult to nail a spot in ODIs but when it comes T20Is he is on par with Virat. He also has been in great form leading into the series where he was amongst the run-getters for Karnataka in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. His PPM of 55 and an MDTA of 1.6 make him a must-have in today’s match.
Chahal who is returning to the side after being rested for South African series has a great record against Bangladesh. He has dismissed almost every batsman at least once and no one has scored much against him.
The newly appointed captain of Bangladesh holds the key for the side’s chances of coming any close to a win in the series. He has a PPM of 51 and an MDTA of 1.6 in the last 5 games. Now in order to continue the recent form, he has to tackle Y Chahal cautiously against whom he scored just 4 runs in 10 balls he has faced and got out once.
Bangladesh’s spearhead with the ball has a decent record in the format where he has a PPM of close to 50 and an MDTA of 1.4. In the last few encounters against Indian batsmen, he may struggle. If he takes out the Indian top order cheaply there is every chance Bangladesh might break their losing streak.