BANGLADESH TOUR OF INDIA, 2019
TOSS – Bangladesh opt to field.
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the third and final T20I between India and Bangladesh in Nagpur. With the series level, Bangladesh find themselves in a tough spot once again. The mauling in Rajkot, especially the assault from Rohit Sharma, can leave a side, any side, deflated. Now, not only do they need to show that the lessons from those eight defeats were absorbed well, they also will have to prove they’ve become a temperamentally better side.
In a par chase in Delhi, Mohammad Naim and Soumya Sarkar did just about enough to stay in the hunt before the seasoned campaigners drove home the win. However, when stuck in on a batting wicket, Bangladesh’s top three were found out as their starts only led to the team posting 153. Head coach Russell Domingo admitted in Nagpur the side doesn’t have the muscle to out-bat teams like England or West Indies but need to be smart to put the inexperienced Indian bowling under pressure. The resurgence, as is the norm, needs to come from the top three.
As India try to find the ideal support cast the established players for the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup, Khaleel Ahmed’s form has only raised concerns. Rohit Sharma stressed he’s one of the candidates identified for the pacer’s role and can do the job for them but figures of 1 for 37 and 1 for 44 have only led to the side being under more pressure. Shreyas Iyer, slowly and steadily, is sealing the No. 4 spot but Shikhar Dhawan’s returns have been very underwhelming. There may be a slim chance that India try opening with KL Rahul and give Manish Pandey a chance in the middle-order with Iyer taking up the No. 3 slot.