India and Bangladesh will be locking horns with each other in the third and the final match of the T20I series, a match that will also be the series decider, with both teams having picked up a win apiece from the two matches contested thus far. While Bangladesh will aim to claim their maiden T20I series win over India, the hosts will want to final series with a 2-1 series margin in their favor.
If Bangladesh is to create history on Sunday, they will be at their very best to beat the Rohit Sharma-led side, which seems to have got its mojo back after a comprehensive victory in Rajkot. The Bangladesh bowlers lost the plot in the second T20I as Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan put on a 118-run stand in India’s chase of a 154-run target.
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On the other hand, the Men in Blue were quite up to the mark after a shocking loss in Delhi. The bowlers responded well after a below-par effort in the first T20I and were equally supported by the openers to set a platform for an easy win in the end. With form on India’s side, the hosts will certainly start as the favorites ahead of the commencement of the third T20I.
The weather is expected to stay fine through the entire course of the match. The dew might have very little role to play. Nagpur has always been known to produce pitches that tend to offer far greater assistance to the spinners. Though chasing hasn’t been an easy task at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur, expect the batsmen to come good. Here are some predictions for the game:
India might consider dropping Khaleel Ahmed, who hasn’t had the best of times with the ball in this series. Given that Sanju Samson is warming the bench, the Keralite could come in place of Rishabh Pant, or even KL Rahul, who has looked very patchy with his poor strike rate.
Predicted XI: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Bangladesh could be expected to add more firepower in their bowling department and given that the pitch is capable of assisting the spinners, the tourists might drop a pacer to accommodate an extra spinner.
Predicted XI: Liton Das, Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mahmudullah (C), Mosaddek Hossain, Afif Hossain, Aminul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Shaiful Islam, Mustafizur Rahman/Taijul Islam.
Fantasy XI Prediction:
Mushfiqur Rahim, Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammad Naim, Shivam Dube, Afif Hossain, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Aminul Islam, Washington Sundar