Man of the Match: Mushfiqur Rahim
Hosts India looks for fill their T20I team puzzle!
India will win the match!
T20I fever has started with World Cup qualifiers on one side and the qualified teams looking to finalize their squads for the WC T20. India and Bangladesh lock horns for their first-ever T20I bilateral series with three matches. Indian team will look to further fix the final pieces in their squad by giving a lot of chances to young and fringe players. Bangladesh team will be delighted to play the game after the Shakib Saga made the headlines for the last 10 days. They have a big task at their disposal in this series without the services of their senior players Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. Both teams will look to start this series on a winning note in this match.
Indian team will be lead by Rohit Sharma in this series in the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli. The experienced duo of Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan will open the batting followed the young players such as KL Rahul, Rishab Pant and Shreyas Iyer in the middle order. Sanju Samson and Manish Pandey may not make it to the playing XI and will have to wait for their opportunities later in the series. All-rounders Krunal Pandya and Washington Sundar are expected to get the nod in the starting XI ahead of newcomer Shivam Dubey. Khaleel Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, and Deepak Chahar will shoulder the responsibilities in the fast bowling department while Yuzi Chahal will combine with the all-rounder’s in the spin department.
Rohit Sharma – Rohit is a very dangerous player when he is in good form and rhythm. He had an excellent series against South Africa and will look to continue his purple patch in this series too.
Deepak Chahar – Deepak Chahar has earned the praise as one of the good swing bowlers in the Indian team. He will look to continue his act of taking wickets with the new ball early on in the match.
Shikhar Dhawan, Rishab Pant (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzi Chahal
YS Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Khaleel Ahmed, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan
Bangladesh team have a fairly new team with regular players such as Shakib, Tamim Iqbal and Mohammed Saifuddin missing out in this series. Mahmadullah takes over the responsibility of captaining the side for this series. They have experienced players such as Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, and Mushfiqur Rahim in the batting line up with the likes of Mohammed Mithun and Afif Hossain to accompany them. Mustafizur Rahman will lead their pace attack with Al-Amin Hossain and Shafiul Islam as his pace partners. Taijul Islam will be their lead spinner and he will be supported by the likes of Mahmudullah and Mosadek Hossain in the squad.
Mushfiqur Rahim – Rahim is the senior-most players in the team and he must take up the responsibility of playing big knocks in this series and guide the youngsters around him.
Mustafizur Rahman – Mustafizur has experience of playing in Indian conditions in international matches and IPL matches. His cutters and variations will be hard to pick in the Indian pitches and he will be a lethal weapon with the ball in hand.
Mahmadullah (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mosadek Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Mohammed mithun, Afif Hossain
Al-Amin Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Aminul Islam, Liton Das, Mosaddek Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Naim, Shafiul Islam, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain
Delhi is experiencing winter season with a smoggy weather and we don`t expect it affect this match in anyway.
Delhi pitch has been traditionally favoured the batsmen and produces average runs of 160 runs in the T20I matches played here. The faster bowlers may get some support from the pitch owing to cold conditions.
Chasing is the best option in the T20Is and teams are comfortable chasing down any totals in the recent matches.
Indian team has better team strength, head-to-head records, form, momentum, and home advantage on their side while Bangladesh are missing their star players in this series. We expect Indian team to win this match and start the series with 1-0 lead.
India will win the match!