Bangladesh has handed a significant upset in the tournament by beating Sri Lanka in the must-win game to reach the finals of the Nidahas Trophy 2018. Meanwhile, the Tigers will face India in the final later today at Colombo.

So far, Bangladesh had played a brilliant brand of cricket coming into the final. At first, they chased down a record target of 215 set by Sri Lanka and then kept nerves to reach finals hitting six of the last balls.

Further, the Tigers received a major boost with the regular skipper Shakib Al Hasan returning from injury. Shakib had an average game against Sri Lanka, but his conduct in the field was highly criticised.

Although Bangladesh doesn’t have a good record against India, they will be eager to create a upset and win the Nidahas Trophy.

Mushfiqur Rahim was the star for Bangladesh in win over Sri Lanka. Photo credits: AFP

Meanwhile, they are likely to field the same team from the last game.

Here is the predicted XI of Bangladesh for the final of Nidahas Trophy:

Tamim Iqbal:

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The southpaw is Bangladesh’s most experienced batsmen with a lot of ability. Although he didn’t score at a good rate, Tamim held one end with a timely half-century. He needs to take responsibility in a crucial game like this.

Liton Das:

Liton Das, Nidahas Trophy 2018

Although Liton failed to score runs in the last game, he has had a good tour so far. He has shown temperament and can score quick runs.Bangladesh will want to provide a quickfire start against the Men in Blue.

Soumya Sarkar:

Soumya Sarkar, Nidahas Trophy 2018

Soumya Sarkar’s poor run saw him going demoted in the batting order. However, he can strike the ball hard. The stylish left-hander will be keen to make it up in the final game.

Mushfiqur Rahim (WK):

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The wicket-keeper batsman has led the middle-order with crucial knocks. Although he failed to convert the start in the last game, he is by far Bangladesh’s best batsmen in this series. Meanwhile, he needs to continue his form to create an upset against India.

Shakib Al Hasan (c):

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Shakib’s return proved pivotal for Bangladesh in the must-win game. Although he couldn’t get going with the bat, he bowled two tight overs at the start. He gave away nine runs from two overs bowling in the powerplays.

However, Bangladesh will want Shakib to keep his head cool after the last match incident.


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Mahmudullah consolidated his average series with a match-winning knock of 43 from just 18 balls. He single-handedly brought Bangladesh in the finals hitting a six from the penultimate delivery.

Bangladesh will want another superlative effort him if they have to overcome the Indian challenge.

Sabbir Rahman:

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The swashbuckling right-handed has had an average tournament so far. Although he got promoted to No 3, but couldn’t make full use of it. Bangladesh will want some quickfire runs from him in the decider game.

Mehidy Hasan:

The young off-spinner was outstanding with the ball in the last game. Mehidy returned with one for 16 in his four overs in the must-win clash.

He needs to continue that effort against a star-studded Indian batting line-up to win the game.

Mustafizur Rehman:

Mustafizur Rahman

Mustafizur was brilliant with the new ball in the last game. He bowled some terrific line and length and halted the Sri Lankan innings. Bangladesh will want another superlative effort from the left-arm pacer to create history in the Island Nation.

Rubel Hossain:

Although Rubel went for runs in the last game, he had done so far well for Bangladesh in this series. The Tigers will rely heavily on him and Mustafizur Rehman to provide early wickets.

Nazmul Islam:

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New in his international career, Nazmul has shown tremendous prospects with the ball. However, Bangladesh didn’t bowl him in the must-win encounter against Sri Lanka.

The left-arm orthodox spinner will be eager to prove his worth if given a chance.
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