India is about to play its familiar foes in the second T20I of Nidahas tournament 2018. Bangladesh is likely to get the best chance to win the first ever T20I against India. The head to head T20I record was in the favor of India, 5-0.Catch the Live Score of Nidahas Tournament Match 1 Between Indian and Sri Lanka here.
Sri Lanka has to wait from 2015 to 2018 to register a graceful victory against India. Last year, Sri Lanka has to face severe resentment from the fans for a poor record of 0-9 in the head to head competition with India in all the formats of cricket. The Sri Lankans has drawn two test matches and won one ODI but had to face series defeats.
Apart from the records, the young Turks under Rohit Sharma have to face their first blow in the first T20I of the Nidahas tournament on March 6th. They have to recover soon to encounter their second opponent today.
Bangladesh did not win a T20I match against India and really, the Bangladeshis never did well without their actual skipper Shakib Al Hasan. The head to head fight between India and Bangladesh became tougher in the recent past and the latter was close to the victory in the World T20 IN 2016 before they were thrashed by Hardik Pandya. India’s inexperienced team may face the tough times as the other side was experienced enough to restrict the arrogant style of the Indian players.
Recalling the first T20I
Though the Indians were favorites for this tournament, the lack of experience cost them the first match. Shikhar Dhawan tried to make the most of his good form by his score of 90 runs, the middle order failed to make the stand with him. The pace bowling department lacks consistency in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuwaneshwar Kumar. Shardul Thakur has been very expensive with 27 runs in a single over. Worst of all, the Sri Lankans managed to get 75 runs of their target in the first six overs.
Speaking about their defeat, Rohit Sharma said that “Our bowlers tried everything they could, but sometimes it doesn’t come off the way you want it to. I felt we have enough experience in our bowling line-ups. Yes, they are new on the scene, but they’ve put in performances. I had a lot of confidence going into the game.”
Vice-captain Shikhar Dhawan said that they had lost the battle in the first six overs of the Sri Lankan Innings.
Rohit Sharma expressed hope of winning the next match and stood by the side of his boys and said that they have a lot of domestic and IPL experience. He said that “We are blessed to have a squad that has good batting depth. We also have a couple of all-rounders. Hopefully, we’ll come back strong.”
Yuzwendra Chahal stood as the main weapon for the team and dismissed Upul Tharanga and Dinesh Chandimal. Washington Sundar and Chahal should restrict the Bangladeshis with their spin attack. The biggest blow for the Indian side was the early dismissal of Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina. Without Virat Kohli, Raina should share a load of batting department in the middle order. KL Rahul is the player suitable to play all the formats like Kohli. Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik may make a place for him in this match. Because of poor form, Rohit may make way for KL Rahul to open the game and he may opt to play at No.4 if he wants to accommodate both Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik in the team.
India’s probable XI for the game
Rohit Sharma(captain), Dinesh Karthik/Rishabh Pant(wicket-keeper), Shikhar Dhawan(vice-captain), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Akshar Patel/Vijay Shankar, Washington Sundar, Yuzwendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur /Mohammed Siraj and Jayadev Unadkat
Shakib Al Hasan missing out the game
Shakib Al Hasan missed out the series due to injury woes but he reached Sri Lanka to support the morale of the team. He can do well with both the bat and the ball. Mahammadullah is about to lead his side of youngsters. The Indians are less experienced than most of his teammates. This may seem like their trait. He may accommodate pros like Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Mustafizur Rahman.
Speaking about the team’s good form, Tamim said“It will be a different challenge here for me and also our team. We know that we are not in the best of form as a team but this can happen as I have said it is normal for a batsman and a bowler, we go through good form and bad patches. So, as a team, it is quite normal for that to happen. I think in some cases we are panicking a lot and I feel we need to curb that since, as a team, you have to accept that when things are not going well, we should not be panicking and we need to go back to the basics.”
Bangladesh’s Probable XI
Mahammadullah(captain), Soumya Sarkar, Tamim Iqbal,Imrul Kayes/Ariful Haque,Mushfiqur Rahim(wicket-keeper),Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Sabbir Rahman,Rubel Hussain, Mustafizur Rahman,Nazmul Islam, and Taskin Ahmed