Nidahas Trophy: India chase final berth against upbeat Bangladesh

India’s road to the final of the 2018 Nidahas Trophy is straightforward: beat Bangladesh in game five of the tri-series on Wednesday, and they will reach the summit. But Bangladesh, having pulled off a superb chase against Sri Lanka over the weekend, will have plans to stall Rohit Sharma’s team.

The key to this clash will be how Bangladesh’s bowlers - who conceded 214 in the last game - cope against India’s batting. Rohit has yet to make an impact in the series, and will be desperate to make amends. What odds he chooses this match to strike form after six consecutive poor innings?

Rain is forecast for the afternoon, which could spice up the R Premadasa surface.

Venue: R Premadasa, Colombo

Date: March 14, 2018

Time: 19:00 IST

Weather: Heavy afternoon thunder storms predicted, with 88% humidity.

Team news:


India made one change for the last game - Rishabh Pant made way for KL Rahul who made 18 off 17 deliveries before he was out hit wicket. Expect Rahul to get another chance.

Probable XI: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 KL Rahul, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Manish Pandey, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Vijay Shankar, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Shardul Thakur, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal


The team management probably won’t want to change a winning unit, but having conceded 40 runs in three overs in the last game, Taskin Ahmed may not be an automatic pick with the new ball. Abu Jayed could get the nod.

Probable XI: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Liton Das, 4 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 5 Mahmudullah (capt), 6 Sabbir Rahman, 7 Mehidy Hasan, 8 Mustafizur Rahman, 9 Taskin Ahmed/Abu Jayed, 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Nazmul Islam


This will be the seventh T20I between these teams, India have claimed victory in each of the previous six clashes

- India have been victorious in eight of their 10 outings at R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, compared to Bangladesh who have won two and lost two of their four previous T20Is at this venue. 

- Bangladesh have tasted defeat in 13 of their last 15 T20 matches overall (W2), they do come into this game having claimed a win over Sri Lanka in their most recent match however.


"The Indian bowlers made a lot of change of pace, especially their spinners. They found turn when they bowled it very slow. The pace bowlers have taken off the pace from the ball. We need to keep an eye on these things." - Mahmudullah

"I have told one thing before: I love challenges," Thakur said. "I am taking it as a challenge. If other senior bowlers are missing from the team, then I have to step up. I have done this previously for other teams that I have played for.” -Shardul Thakur


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