ABOUT THE MATCH
Bangladesh will start their year without the suspended star player Shakib-Al-Hasan with a T20I series away in India. The three-match series kicks off in Delhi, at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, on November 3.
Bangladesh, who are also without Tamim Iqbal, will be led by Mahmudullah as they look to build on a successful home tri-nation series against Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. The series is a preparation for both teams ahead of the next year’s ICC T20 World Cup.
India, on the other hand, goes into this series without rested captain Virat Kohli. Rohit Sharma leads the team instead of as they look to build on a 3-0 win against West Indies and 1-1 draw with South Africa in their last two T20i series.
During the IPL, teams winning the toss tended to bat first in Delhi and that trend could continue here as stand-in captains Rohit Sharma and Mahmudullah assess the conditions.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
A clear evening in Delhi, with temperatures in the mid-20s, should make for excellent cricket conditions.
Previously known as the Feroz Shah Kotla, the Arun Jaitley Stadium is known for being a batting wicket and generally favored batting during its most recent major action at the IPL.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF India
Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Khaleel Ahmed
PROBABLE PLAYING XI OF Bangladesh
Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah (c), Mohammad Naim, Sabbir Rahman, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Haider
- With Virat Kohli rested, Rohit Sharma will lead India in this series.
- MS Dhoni remains absent, while Navdeep Saini and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are unavailable due to fitness issues.
- Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah are also both recovering from recent back surgery. With Pandya out, Shivam Dube has been called and could be a like-for-like replacement.
- They have also recalled Sanju Samson, Shardul Thakur, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
- India whitewashed West Indies in August, but come into this series on the back of a draw with South Africa.
- Virat Kohli hit 72* as India chased 150 to win the second match by seven wickets (the first having been rained off), but they lost the final game heavily after struggling to 134/9 – going down by nine wickets with 3.1 overs to spare.
- Bangladesh has been rocked by the news that the ICC has suspended Shakib-Al-Hasan for failing to report three corrupt approaches.
- The Tigers will be without their captain and star man for the next 12 months.
- They also go into this series without Tamim Iqbal whose partner is due to give birth, and also injured bowler Mohammad Saifuddin.
- Bangladesh comes into this series having most recently faced Afghanistan and Zimbabwe at home.
- The Tigers won three of their four matches but the final of the Tri-Series was rained off.
- They beat Zimbabwe first up, thanks to Afif Hossain’s 52 from 26 balls and then bounced back from defeat to Afghanistan by beating both teams in the second round of fixtures.
- Mahmudullah scored a half-century in a 39-run win against Zimbabwe, while Shakib-Al-Hasan hit 70* from 45 balls in a four-wicket win against Afghanistan. It meant Bangladesh topped the group.
PROBABLE WINNING TEAM:
Bangladesh arrives in India without their two most iconic players, due to Shakib-al-Hasan’s suspension and Tamim Iqbal’s family circumstances. India were already favorites, and they could win by a big margin now.
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