Captain Rohit Sharma will be hoping to put in another excellent performance and to lead a young team to victory
After leveling the series with a comprehensive win in the second match, India are now favorites to claim a series victory. In the absence of some senior players, including skipper Virat Kohli, India’s primary objective of the T20 series was to identify the core of players for the T20 World Cup next year. The visitors began well in the first powerplay of the second T20I as they raced to 59/0 after being put in to bat. However, they lost their way against the Indian spinners and ended up posting a below-par total that he hosts chased down the total with ease. Another good showing from stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma as well as valuable contributions from Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer ensured they chased down the required runs with eight wickets in hand. Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah will be hoping for a better performance from his batsmen so that the bowlers, particularly the spinners, can take advantage which would be on offer. On the other hand, Rohit will hope for an improved performance from his pacers who have not been able to make much of an impact so far in the two matches.
The Indian team management might also be tempted to bring in Shardul Thakur for left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed, who has produced returns of 1/37 and 0/44 in the series so far. Washington Sundar, who has been preferred to chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, has kept things tight but has not been as threatening as Chahal. From the first two T20 matches leggie Yuzvendra Chahal proved his wicket-taking ability in the middle overs. Krunal Pandya, who has been a regular in the Indian T20 squad for a while, is yet to pick up a wicket though he has not had much with the bat. The Indian team was sloppy in the field on the 2nd T20 match, the host would want to improve in the decider in the fielding department.
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