#India and #Bangladesh will look to continue their winning momentum in this #NidahasTrophy.
After winning their games against Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh will look to win the 5th match of the Nidahas Trophy when they take on each other at R. Premadasa Stadium today.
Bangladesh did well to chase the fourth highest total in T20 Internationals on Saturday.
Mushfiqur Rahim led Bangladesh through this chase. His 72 unbeaten runs will be remembered for a long time by the cricket fans in all over the world.
Mushfiqur Rahim showed everyone what an experienced player can do, what value he can add to the team. Rahim was in best of form against Sri Lanka in that match.
Bangladesh will want Rahim to repeat the heroics when they take on India today.
If Bangladesh wants to win their first ever T20 International against India then Mushifiqur Rahim will be the key.
Liton Das is also in good form, he and Tamim Iqbal gave Bangladesh a desired start against Sri Lanka a few days ago.
Das promotion as an opener is a good idea for Bangladesh, in-form Liton Das should face as many deliveries as possible.
He can become a good opener for Bangladesh in limited overs cricket.
With Soumya Sarkar in the middle order, Bangladesh has a good depth in their batting order.
This batting unit may chase down any given total in T20 Internationals as they did against Sri Lanka.
The bowlers too did a decent job in that game, Bangladesh was about to chase the total around 250 but Bangladesh bowlers made good comeback and they restricted the Lankans for 214 runs in their 20 overs.
Mustifizur Rahaman and Mahmudullah were the bowlers who helped Bangladesh to restrict Sri Lanka.
But the spin bowling has not been effective for them; they are missing Shakib Al Hasan in this department.
Bangladesh should get another spinner in this match against India; many a times India has been seen vulnerable against spin, if they include another spinner with Mehidy Hasan than Bangladesh might have an outside chance of creating a history today.
Batting form of skipper Mahmudullah is also a worry for Bangladesh, he can be the finisher along with Mushfiqur Rahim.
But he hasn’t contributed as much with the bat. In the absence of Shakib Bangladesh will need him to fire.
Bangladesh will want these four players to fire today, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustifizur Rahaman and skipper Mahmudullah.
These four players will hold the key to success for Bangladesh.
Likely Playing XI of Bangladesh –
Bangladesh should include another spinner to strengthen their bowling.
Mahmudullah Riyad (C), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman, Nurul Hasan Sohan, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain.
On the other hand, India will look to be unbeaten in this Nidahas Trophy.
After their loss to Sri Lanka in the opening match of this tri series. India will want to be in the winning run.
Rohit and co have done well in the last 2 matches but still, they can’t take Bangladesh lightly.
Bangladesh has come off from a very good win against Sri Lanka, India should be aware of them.
Shikhar Dhawan who missed out in the game against Sri Lanka would be hoping to bat well against Bangladesh today.
But the concern of skipper Rohit Sharma remains the same for India. Hit Man is silent with the bat for a while for now. He should fire for India in today’s game.
KL Rahul did not use his opportunity well; he failed to convert the start that he got against Sri Lanka on Monday. He will be hoping to play well today.
Suresh Raina is in decent form, but he should bat at number 3 and convert the start into a big score.
Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik batted well against Sri Lanka; they were the finishers for India in that game.
After the top order didn’t do much, DK and Manish were the ones who took India to a comfortable victory over Sri Lanka.
These two would be hoping to do the same damage against Bangladesh today.
The bowling was also decent against Sri Lanka; spinners are the ones who are controlling the innings.
Pacers aren’t using the new ball well; Jaydev Unadkat was thrashed by the Lankans openers in the previous game. He taken for 15 runs in that over.
Unadkat will be hoping to do well against Bangladesh today, or India can try Mohd Siraj for this game.
Shardul Thakur bowled well, but a dropped catch denied him a five wicket haul in the last match. He will want to do well today also.
Overall India looks a stronger team and a balanced team against Bangladesh. India is the favorites to win this game.
Likely Playing XI of India –
India may go with the same squad or they might give Mohd Siraj a chance.
Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Rishab Pant/KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohd Siraj/Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur.
Another deciding factor in this match will be the toss, so far in the 4 matches the team who has won the toss and chose to bowl first have been the winners. So it would be very interesting to see who wins the toss today.
Can India continue their winning streak in this Nidahas Trophy? Or will Bangladesh stop India?
The answer will be brought us live at 7 PM IST and 01.30 PM GMT. The live match will be telecasted on DSports Networks and live Streaming will possible on SonyLiv and Hotstar mobile applications.