India Look To Bounce Back As They Face Bangladesh In 2nd T20I


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India will be aiming to get back to winning ways when they square up against Bangladesh in the second match of the Nidahas Trophy T20I tri-nation series at the R Premadasa stadium on Thursday.
They lost the opening encounter against familiar opponents Sri Lanka by five wickets and Rohit Sharma will be keen not to have another slip-up. They face the wounded Tigers, who lost the T20I series last month against the Lankans and will be looking forward to bringing out their best foot forward.
India was outplayed by the hosts in the first T20I and it will be crucial for them to arrest the slide and show a better account of themselves, especially after dominating world cricket across all formats over quite some time. Mahmudullah-led Bangladesh has an interesting combination of players and the match is set to be a cracker of a contest.

  1. India has played against Bangladesh in five T20Is and has won every game.
  2. The loss against Sri Lanka saw India’s seven consecutive winning run against the latter come to an end.
  3. Shikhar Dhawan has been in prime form with the bat scoring 233 runs in last four T20Is.

Team news and selection
A lot will depend on skipper Rohit Sharma’s form after the opening batsman fell for a naught (his second in four innings). With Shikhar Dhawan being on top gear, a substantial inning from Rohit could see India lay a solid platform. Rohit will be keen to lead the side well and get a reaction from his team.
Suresh Raina faltered in the 1st T20I and a lot rests on his shoulders in the crucial No. 3 position. The likes of Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik have looked composed as a duo and they are set to continue to provide the base in the middle-order.
Rohit may be tempted to get KL Rahul into the starting XI and sacrifice young Rishabh Pant in the process. The move could add more depth and character to the line-up. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel could get a look in as well in place of Vijay Shankar. The rest of the bowling line-up is likely to be retained although there would be plenty of work in the background to rectify the length in powerplay overs.
The Tigers lost the T20I series by a 2-0 margin to Sri Lanka last month and will be a bit short on confidence. The loss of Shakib Al-Hasan to injury served as another blow, but the Mahmudullah-led side will be keen to build on India’s loss against the Lankans and inflict a surprise.
All eyes will be on the power-packed top order that possesses seniors such as Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, and Imrul Kayes. Mushfiqur Rahim’s experience in the middle-order is key to their batting with the likes of Shabbir Rahman providing the finishing touches. Mahmudullah needs to find the right combination of his team and that will be pivotal for their chances.
The bowling has a bright look in the form of Mustafizur Rahman, who is regarded as one of the best sporting talents. Mehedy Hasan will add steel to the attack with his spin and the rest of the supporting cast will be required to fulfill their objectives.
Pitch and conditions
The Premadasa pitches in Colombo are known to be low and slow but as seen in the first game, there is something for the pacers besides being quite batsmen friendly too.
Teams from:

India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-capt), KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammad Siraj, Rishabh Pant.
Bangladesh: Mahmudullah (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Hider, Abu Jayed, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, Liton Das.
Timing and TV listings:
The match is set to start at 7 pm IST. The match will be telecast on D Sports (English commentary) and Rishtey Cineplex (Hindi commentary).


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