A surprise, but well-deserved seven-wicket win in the first T20I gave Bangladesh a 1-0 lead in the series. The teams now move to Rajkot for the second T20I on Friday. Concerns remain over the looming cyclone that could curtail play. However, it is the hosts who would be praying for a better chance to make it 1-1.
Bangladesh have beaten India only once in a series across all formats. That might be up for a change. Especially with how well they played in Delhi. India will look to give their captain Rohit Sharma a perfect 100th T20I gift.
A slow and ineffective top-order lost the initiative for India with the bat. Although a late surge took them to a respectable total, India were always playing catch up. Additionally, their fielding was poor on the night giving them no choice.
Shreyas Iyer has shown glimpses of his hitting ability and could be a good pick for your side. So will be the all-rounder Krunal Pandya and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. After a poor show Khaleel Ahmed could be booted out.
The visitors were comprehensive with their performance in Delhi. Veteran Mushfiqur Rahim led from the front and took the game deep. Ample support from Soumya Sarkar meant Bangladesh were never far behind the required rate.
The two batsmen once again remain prime picks from Bangladeshi side. Other than them, keep a close eye on Mahmudullah and Liton Das. Both players enjoy being at their best against India. Bangladesh’s bowling performances has been more of a team output than individual brilliances.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Yuzvendra Chahal was given a chance to stake his white-ball claim and he didn’t disappoint. The guile and variety of the leg-spinner is still intact and could get him some wickets.
Shreyas Iyer looked at ease in the first match, before falling in his attempt to push the rate up. The right-hander could once again be among the runs.
Mushfiqur Rahim is a must pick for your fantasy side. Not only because of his experience and runs, but also because of his valuable all-round contributions..
India: 1 Rohit Sharma (C) 2 Shikhar Dhawan 3 Sanju Samson 4 Shreyas Iyer 5 Rishabh Pant (WK) 6 Shivam Dube 7 Krunal Pandya 8 Washington Sundar 9 Deepak Chahar 10 Shardul Tharkur 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
Bangladesh: 1 Soumya Sarkar 2 Liton Das 3 Mahmudullah (C) 4 Mohammad Naim 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (WK) 6 Mosaddek Hossain 7 Afif Hossain 8 Arafat Sunny 9 Mustafizur Rahman 10 Shafiul Islam 11 Arafat Sunny
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