Nidahas Trophy 2018
India vs Bangladesh, Finals
Venue: R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
So, here we are then folks! After two weeks of riveting cricket coupled with overpowering emotions and ugly altercations threatening to masquerade into a fist fight, we've finally entered the business end of the tournament. Thanks to the heroics of Mahmudullah, who maintained his demeanour amidst the chaos in the final proceedings, Bangladesh managed to oust hosts Sri Lanka by two wickets to set up a fina showdown against India, a team they have never beaten in a T20I.
The clash on Sunday will give Bangladesh another oppurtunity to exorcise ghosts of Bengaluru 2016 once and for all.
Recent form: (most recent first)
When: Sunday, March 18, 7 PM Local
Pitch and Weather conditions:
The weather is expected to play its part during the finals too with a 50 percent estimate of thundershowers later in the afternoon.
The pitch rolled out for Nidahas Trophy 2018 has proved to nightmares for the bowlers but with the pitch increasingly getting sluggish, subtle variations by the bowlers will come in handy.
The Men in Blue recovered from an early hiccup against Sri Lanka to register three wins on the trot to affirm their place in the finals. While Shikhar Dhawan has been in imperious form throughout the tournament, India will be relieved to see skipper Rohit Sharma back amongst the runs. Sharma has endured a prolong period of indifferent form but he finally reversed it with a fluent innings of 89 during the course of which he surpassed Yuvraj Singh's record of most sixes hit by an Indian batsman in T20I. While the middle order has been chipped in vital contributions, India would be hoping for a big innings from one of Raina and Rahul to set the match up for the shenanigans of Pandey and Karthik to take over.
On the bowling front, Shardul Thakur came back valiantly with a match-winning performance (4-26) after having coped with a pounding in the first game and have gone on to become leading wicket-taker in the series. The spin bowling duo of Sundar and Chahal have spun a web around the opposition batsmen having scalped 13 wickets across four games and will once again be the de-facto leader of the bowling attack.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (w), Vijay Shankar, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Yuzvendra Chahal
While their top five including Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, and Liton Das have in top form throughout the tournament, its Bangladesh's bowling that would be a thing od concern for captain Shakib Al Hasan. While his inclusion in the side has bolstered the spin-department, their bowling in the death overs has been lacklustre with the likes of Rahman and Rubel going in an excess of ten runs an over.
Probable XI: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (w), Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Nazmul Islam
Where to watch Nidahas Trophy Final, India vs Bangladesh?
The live telecast of the match can be streamed at DSport for English commentary while the HINDI version can be streamed on Rishtey Cineplex/HD