Colombo : India will look to seal their spot in the finals of the Nidahas Twenty20 tri-series when they take on Bangladesh in the last league stage match at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday.
After clinching back-to-back six-wicket wins against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka respectively in their last two games, India have a healthy +0.210 net run rate.
The men in blue, who began the T20I tri-series in the absence of rested skipper Virat Kohli with a five-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka, will now aim to continue their winning momentum heading into the fourth match as they bid to seal the final spot.
If India fail to clinch the victory today, the Rohit Sharma-led side’s future in the series would then rely on the fixture between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on Friday.
Going into the clash, India are bound to be cautious against Bangladesh after the latter chased down a mammoth 215 runs against Sri Lanka in their last match at the same venue on Saturday.
Bangladesh will hopefully once again depend on Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim who guided their side to a big win against Sri Lanka.
The two squads are as follows:
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammad Siraj and Rishabh Pant.
Bangladesh: Mahmudullah (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicket-keeper), Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Hider, Abu Jayed, Ariful Haque, Nazmul Islam, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, Liton Das.(ANI)