India vs Bangladesh, 3rd T20I: Match Prediction – Weather Report, Pitch Conditions, Playing XIs and Live Streaming Details
The average score in the last 10 T20Is in Nagpur has been 138.
Published - Nov 9, 2019 7:20 pm | Updated - Nov 9, 2019 7:20 pm
The defeat in Delhi against Bangladesh must have set the cat amongst the pigeons in the India camp. It was the Men in Blue’s maiden T20I defeat at the hands of the Tigers after eight matches. However, the hosts, led by Rohit Sharma, came out firing on all cylinders in Rajkot and romped home by eight wickets. The home team chased 154 with as many as 26 balls to spare on a rather batting beauty.
The Tigers, on the contrary, got a reality check following their thumping win at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. With all to play for, the Asian Giants will now head to Nagpur for the third and deciding T20I at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium. India have played three T20Is in Nagpur out of which they lost a couple. Their only victory came versus England by a mere five runs back in 2017.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch has been a tough one for batting. Since 2016, the average score in 10 T20Is has been 138. The track tends to slow down and batting becomes difficult in the second half. It can be comprehended from the fact that eight out of the 11 matches at the venue were won by the team, batting first. There are no chances of rain with the temperature around 25 degrees Celsius.
India can bring in the extra leg-spin option of Rahul Chahar bearing in mind the nature of the strip. The Tigers’ batters aren’t quite efficient in playing wrist-spin and Chahar’s pairing with Yuzvendra Chahal can be a daunting prospect for the opposition. Khaleel Ahmed has had back-to-back off days and he may make way for Shardul Thakur, who made a comeback in the squad after a long time.
Rohit will hold the key at the top of the order. The opener has five half-centuries versus Bangladesh at an average of 45. He has three scores in the 80s, including the last one in Rajkot. Shikhar Dhawan has also gotten runs at the top. Shreyas Iyer has shown that he can bring out the big shots in the hour of need. The focus will also be on Pant, who has been lacklustre, both as a keeper and batsman.
Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya/Rahul Chahar, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur.
Bangladesh can bench Shafiul Islam for the decider and bring in Abu Hider Rony, who has been very much in form in the domestic circuit. Mustafizur Rahman is yet to pick up a wicket and has leaked runs at an economy of 8.82. Al Amin Hossain has somewhat managed to put a lid on the run-scoring, but he hasn’t been amongst the wickets. Afif Hossain and Aminul Islam have been impressive.
Biplob has four wickets to his name at an economy of 7.28. The Tigers’ top-order has looked solid thus far. Mohammad Naim, Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar have taken the visitors off to decent starts in both the games. Mushfiqur Rahim will be looking to make amends after falling cheaply last time around following his heroics in Delhi. Mahmudullah has scored 45 runs at a strike-rate of 160.71.
Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Aminul Islam, Shafiul Islam/Abu Hider Rony, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain.
Probable Top Performers
Rohit Sharma– India | Mohammad Naim- Bangladesh
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD
Match Timings – 19:00 IST, and 13:30 GMT.
The prediction is for India to win the match.