The series tied 1-1, Bangladesh have the chance to make history with a win when they face India in the third and final T20I at Nagpur’s Vidarbha Cricket Stadium today.
The Tigers clinched a historic first-ever T20I win against India in the first T20I following Mushfiqur Rahim’s brilliance before India levelled the series with a win at Rajkot.
The Tigers arrived in Nagpur on November 8th and the T20I squad were yesterday joined by eight members of the Test team with captain Mominul Haque and Co. joining the rest of the team at the Stadium in Vidarbha.
With the series levelled 1-1, the third T20I will be like a final where the winner takes all.
However, Bangladesh’s recent close defeats to India during the Nidahas Trophy and the Asia Cup finals might mean that India will have a slight mental edge going into this match.
The pitch will be a deciding factor in this game after the Delhi wicket provided some favours to Bangladesh’s style of play while the Rajkot wicket afforded more options to India’s strokeplay ability.
Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo was confident about his side’s ability to play well and clinch the series and turn things around after the defeat at Rajkot.
“I am really proud of the way the boys have played thus far. In the second game we got ourselves into a good situation with the bat and then maybe made a few mistakes. We are confident that if we can play to our potential, we can push India and beat them on any day,” Domingo said yesterday.
India captain Sharma did not like the favourites tag bestowed on his young side.
“We don’t believe in being favorites at all. We just have to go out there and be at our best. That is how you win games, not by having a tag of being favorites. You have to be good on that particular day. Bangladesh were good on the first day of the series and they won the game, we were good in the second game of the series and we won,” he said during a press conference yesterday.
“We have to be better than the opposition on that particular day. That’s what we believe in, and that will be our talk as well.”
Having missed out on a chance to win the second ODI after a good start with the bat, the Tigers will be hoping to come out on top this time around with the match today a second opportunity to clinch their first-ever series victory against India.