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India eye Nidahas Trophy final berth against tricky Bangladesh (Preview)

IANS  |  Colombo 

Buoyant after registering a six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka, a confident would aim to seal a final berth in the Twenty20 tri-series when they face a tricky at the here on Wednesday.

By no means would be pushovers in the shortest format of the game as well after their record 215-run chase against and a win against will bolster their chances of making it to Sunday's final.

lost to unexpectedly in the tournament opener but came back strongly to beat both and the hosts consecutively.

A defeat may not be end of the road for India as it will then depend on the outcome of the final game between Bangladesh and The net run-rate will also be a factor.

India don't have key players including regular for this tri-series meant to give the younger crop a chance.

A few players such as Deepak Hooda, and are yet to play a game in the tournament but the likes of all-rounder -- playing in place of Hardik Pandya -- and paceman have done well.

Skipper has been out of form and the batsman would like to hit the purple patch as soon as possible. Rohit's sudden slump does not augur well for the team as well as his franchise Indians.

India have not got good starts in the tournament despite Shikhar Dhawan's (153) blazing form as Rohit has been dismissed cheaply in all the matches.

has got his 20s while has remained steady in the middle-order. Dinesh Karthik's 39 off 25 balls against Sri Lanka has ensured that will continue to warm the dug-out.

Coming to Bangladesh, in their first meeting India did well to restrict them to 139 but in their very next match, the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim hammered the Sri Lankan attack into submission chasing down the highest-ever target on Sri Lankan soil.

India's has seen IPL's costliest domestic buy (Rs 11.5 crore) going for runs in all three matches.

Thakur has done well in the last two games while has also been steady with his variations.

In-form wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been expensive in both games against Sri Lanka while off-spinner has shone opening the in the Powerplay overs in every game.

Squads:

India: (captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, (wicket-keeper), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadkat, and

Bangladesh: (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.

--IANS

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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 15:38 IST
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