3rd T20: India look to dash Bangladesh hopes

3rd T20: India look to dash Bangladesh hopes

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India eye to seal a historic series win against Bangladesh by bagging the 3rd T20 cricket that will be played at Nagpur on Sunday.

With the series tied at 1-1, India and Bangladesh have all to play for in the third and final game at Nagpur's Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium. India will be eyeing their first T20 International series win at home this season when they take on Bangladesh in the decisive third game here on Sunday. Indian hopes rest on their fringe players contribute significantly to a victory.

In the absence of some senior players, including skipper Virat Kohli, India's primary objective of the T20 series was to identify the core of players for the T20 World Cup next year.

Bangladesh won their first-ever T20I against India in the opening T20 in Delhi. But India gave a befitting reply to Bangladesh and leveled the series at Rajkot powered by a Rohit Sharma’s unbelievable performance.

Bangladesh will, however, fancy their chances at Nagpur – a venue which has offered significant assistance for the slower bowlers in recent times. Their chief concern though lies in batting, as their batsmen have failed to convert their starts into big scores, barring Mushfiqur Rahim's match-winning fifty in the first T20I, and the visitors will need to address that to challenge the strong Indian team.

India are on an upbeat mood after winning their last game at Rajkot and skipper Rohit Sharma has found his rhythm. Indian spinners have performed well at Rajkot. Especially, the leggie Yuzvendra Chahal once again proved his lethal bowling attack effective in the middle overs. But pacer Khaleel Ahmed leaked runs in both the games and Indian needs some replacement here to plug in the loophole. However, they still have some areas to look into ahead of the decider. Still, Indian seamers have failed to produce an impact.

India need to ponder over their team composition, especially in the batting department where they lack firepower. Shreyas Iyer has looked impressive while KL Rahul is yet to make an impact. However, it is not the fringe players who are facing the maximum pressure; it is the established names like opener Shikhar Dhawan and wicket-keeper batsman Rishbh Pant. Questions are also being raised on Pant's work behind the stumps.

Though India have been given more chance for a win, but one can expect another suprise from Bangladesh despite the absence of their key players- Tamim Iqbal and the suspended Shakib Al Hasan.