India and Bangladesh go up against each other in the decider of the three-match T20I series at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur on Sunday. After Mahmdullah-led Bangladesh side who had nothing to lose before the series stunned India in the first T20I, stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma’s clinical performance levelled the series.
Bangladesh have a ten percent win record in the last ten games including the historic win in the smog-ridden New Delhi. And now, both the teams will look to field their best side as they eye the prize on Sunday evening. But despite the fact that the series on the line, India may look to test their bench strength, replacing the ones who have under-performed in the series so far.
Left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed has struggled against the Bangladesh batsmen so far, leaking 81 runs in the series in just eight overs. He has bagged just one wicket and bowled at an expensive economy run rate of 10.125 runs per over. The 28-year-old Shardul Thakur is likely to replace him in the team.
With Shivam Dube yet to impress in the series, Sanju Samson is likely to make his T20I debut. Rohit may even give him a chance ahead of KL Rahul who has struggled to find boundaries and has scored less than run-a-ball in the series so far.
In the opposition camp, Mosaddek Hossain can face an axe after producing an ordinary performance with the bat in the death overs in Rajkot. Couple with the fact that he was hit for 21 runs in a single over including three huge sixes off Sharma’s bat, he is likely to be replaced by Mohammad Mithun.
Any other change in Bangladesh seems less likely even though their frontline bowler Mustafizur Rahman has not been able to take a wicket.
Bangladesh will be banking on their most experienced campaigner Mushfiqur Rahim to tackle the Indian spinners. But, India will be hoping that Rahim loses his wicket early on just like last time, as he is the backbone of Bangladesh batting lineup.
Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been exceptional for India keeping the batsmen quiet in the middle overs and picking wickets. Washington Sundar, who replaced Kuldeep Yadav in the side has proved his mettle with the ball, whether it is bowling in the powerplay overs or in the middle overs.
If India fail to win the third match of the series, then it will mean that the hosts won’t have won a series at home for the second consecutive time.