New Delhi. Troubled by players’ injuries and fitness problems, the Indian team will enter the third and final ODI against Bangladesh on Saturday, then its aim will be to stop the hosts from a ‘clean sweep’. Bangladesh has won the first two matches and the series on the basis of two brilliant innings of Mehidy Hasan Miraj, but now its intention will be to clean up India and if this happens then it will be historic for Bangladesh cricket. This will also boost Bangladesh’s confidence before the Test series starting on 14 December.
India had 20 cricketers available in this series as there was less time between the first ODI in Bangladesh and the last match in New Zealand as both the teams had some players in common. Within a week, however, things turned from bad to worse with only 14 fit players available for the last match. The situation is that wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav had to be called in immediately as the Indian bowling attack looked inexperienced. Kuldeep has taken 118 wickets in 72 ODIs and he is the most experienced bowler in this team.
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Regular skipper Rohit Sharma dislocated his left thumb and promising fast bowler Kuldeep Sen got injured after playing the first match. Fast bowler Deepak Chahar has once again become unfit. Akshar Patel has suffered a rib injury and could not play the first match while Rishabh Pant is also injured and had to rest. Now it remains to be seen whether the acting captain and wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul starts the innings or Ishaan Kishan is included in the playing XI as an opener.
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The second option would be to start the innings with Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan and include all-rounder Rahul Tripathi in the playing XI. If the team management chooses only the batsman, then Rajat Patidar can get a chance to make his debut. India’s bowling was commanded by Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Washington Sundar and Akshar Patel. Due to poor bowling in the first match, India had to face defeat when Bangladesh had to score 51 runs and had only one wicket left, which the Indian team could not take.
In the second match, Bangladesh scored more than 200 runs after falling for six wickets at 69 runs. Bangladesh’s spirits will be high in the last match. Except for the series win against Zimbabwe, KL Rahul has a poor record as captain and would like to avoid the embarrassment of a ‘clean sweep’.
Both teams are as follows:
India : KL Rahul (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, Mohammad Siraj, Rajat Patidar, Rahul Tripathi, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Akshar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Kuldeep Yadav.
Bangladesh : Liton Das (Captain), Anamul Haque Bijay, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Mehdi Hasan Miraj, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmood, Ibadat Hossain Chowdhary, Nasum Ahmed, Mahmudullah, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Qazi Nurul Hasan Sohan, Shariful Islam.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : December 09, 2022, 13:54 IST