Possible scenarios in India’s third T20I match against Bangladesh
India staged an impressive into the second T20I against Bangladesh, registering their 41st win when chasing in the shortest format of the game. Sportsbet.io previews the plausible situations in the series finale at Nagpur, on Sunday.
Bat first or second
Nagpur has hosted the most T20 international matches among the cricket venues in the country, especially nine games of the ICC T20 World Cup in 2016, which was won by West Indies. History favoured teams opting to bat first, and India could choose to go all guns blazing with the bat should they win the toss.
Winning record when batting first or second
Average T20I score per innings
The Men in Blue have played just thrice at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, with their highest score being 186 for nine in the 29-run defeat to Sri Lanka back in 2009. Riding on KL Rahul’s 47-ball 71, India edged past England in their last fixture at the venue and the Karnataka batsmen is poised to lead the hosts to victory in the finale of the three-match series.
Average T20I score per innings at Nagpur
Rohit Sharma celebrated his 100th T20I cap with a 22nd fifty-plus score at Rajkot, thereby steering India to an eight-wicket win against Bangladesh. The opener produced a batting masterclass with a 41-ball 71, including a three-sixes-in-a-row fireworks display against Mosaddek Hossain and is poised to lead the Men in Blue to a series win in Nagpur.
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah stood his ground against an impressive Indian bowling attack, with a quickfire 30 runs from 21 balls helping the Tigers cross the 150-run mark against the Men in Blue. The 33-year-old remains optimistic of a strong comeback in the final T20I match and is two sixes away from becoming the first cricketer from his country to register 50 sixes in the shortest format of the game.
Top Batsmen (in 2019)
4s / 6s
24 / 17
13 / 6
The wicket at Nagpur is expected to offer some turn on the ball, and Yuzvendra Chahal will be the chief weapon of India to exploit Bangladesh’s batsmen yet again. The 28-year-old spinner struck twice in the 13th over of the second T20I and is poised to dictate proceedings on Sunday ahead of an inconsistent Krunal Pandya, who has drawn blank in the first two T20Is.
Aminul Islam was the only effective bowler for Bangladesh in the second T20I, dismissing opening pair Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan and recording the most economical spell of the visiting bowling setup. The 20-year-old is the second-best bowler for the Tigers in 2019, and is tipped for an improved act against the Men in Blue this weekend.
Top Bowlers (in 2019)
Words: William Paul