Team India is raring to lock horns with their neighbors Bangladesh for the three-match T20I series at home starting on November 3. This is the first time Bangladesh has visited India for a full-fledged tour to India since earning their Test status. However, the buzz for the series hasn’t been positive amidst news regarding the suspension of Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and pollution in Delhi, the city which is going to host the first T20I of the series on Sunday.
With the visitors will be missing Shakib, the hosts have also opted to rest a few of their regulars such as skipper Virat Kohli. The likes of Shivam Dube and Sanju Samson have been included in the team as the Men in Blue look to find a perfect combination ahead of the T20I World Cup next year.
Despite all the chatter about weather conditions, it is expected to stay clear with no rain predicted during the match hours. However, with a 7 PM start, the dew can be constant throughout the entire course of the game. The pitch at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium has always offered great assistance to the spinners and can be expected to play a similar role on Sunday. With low bounce, the shot-making does get tough at times. However, with dew also being a major factor, the batsmen must enjoy their time in the middle.
In all, one can expect some fireworks in Delhi as the small boundaries and hence, here are some of teh predictions for the game:
Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, India will welcome some of their young players for the T20I series. There might be a tussle for a couple of spots in the middle-order with KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, and Shreyas Iyer battling for the two available spots. It will be a real headache for Sharma and the team management as each of the three batsmen has performed quite well in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal
On the other hand, Bangladesh would want to field their best XI as Mahmudullah will be leading the team in an all-important T20I series. The team will be without the services of a few of their senior cricketers, but the young talent will get an opportunity to prove their mettle against a dominant Indian outfit.
Predicted XI: Soumya Sarkar, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mahmudullah (C), Mosaddek Hossain, Afif Hossain, Aminul Islam, Arafat Sunny, Taijul Islam, Shaiful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman
Fantasy XI Prediction
Mushfiqur Rahim, Rohit Sharma (c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Krunal Pandya (vc), Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Al-Amin Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman