Tem India will be oozing with confidence going into the finals of the Nidahas Trophy with a thumping win over Bangladesh. The men in blues will face Bangladesh in the finals tomorrow at Colombo.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh defeated host Sri Lanka by two wickets in a thriller to qualify for the final.
India, without their star players, has played brilliant cricket throughout the series. However, it is Washington Sundar, who has grabbed the eyeballs of everybody. Bowling in the powerplays, Sundar is the most economical bowler and is also the highest wicket-taker for India. Vijay Shankar and Shardul Thakur also did well in their limited capacity.
The senior cricketers have also contributed significantly to the team’s win. Further, stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma came back to form in the last game which will be an added advantage going into the final.
India is likely to make a single change going into Sunday’s final. Left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkart is likely to replace Mohammad Siraj, who went for a handful in the last match. Meanwhile, Undakat has done well in this series bagging six wickets in three games.
Here is the predicted XI of India for the final of the Nidahas Trophy:
The southpaw has shown a different side of his in this tournament. With the big names opting to rest, Dhawan has batted responsibly and paced his innings.
His form will be crucial to the men in blues to win the trophy when they face Bangladesh tomorrow.
Rohit Sharma (C):
Rohit Sharma’s comeback to form will be a huge plus point for India. He roved his class once again with a beautiful 89 in the last match against Bangladesh.
Sharma will like to continue his heroics in the final and lead the team to the trophy.
Although he didn’t get to bat in the last fixture against Bangladesh, Rahul has done pretty well with the limited opportunities.
Meanwhile, he will be oozing with confidence to score some runs for his country.
Since his comeback, Raina has done fairly well batting at one drop. He has scored some quick runs at the top and has covered the failures of Rohit Sharma.
Further, he is brilliant on the field which is an added advantage.
Dinesh Karthik (WK):
Karthik has led the middle-order in absence of MS Dhoni. He has batted with responsibility and has paced his innings beautifully. Also, he has done well with the gloves on.
India will want Karthik to take responsibility in the important clash wand win the game for India.
The middle-order batsman has come in handy when his team needed the most. He has contributed with crucial runs in the middle-order to help India post challenging totals.
India will want another superlative effort to bring the trophy home.
Having not got an opportunity to bat, Vijay Shankar has done well with the ball. Also, he has picked three wickets so far and has bowled some tight overs in the middle.
Shankar will be eager to leave one last impression before the star cricketers come back.
The young off-spinner is the find for India in the ongoing tri-series. He is the highest wicket-taker for India so far in this series and has been economical bowling in the powerplays.
Sundar needs to bring his superlative game in front to win the trophy for his nation.
The left-arm fast bowler will replace Mohammad Siraj in the first XI. Unadkat has done so far in his capacity and will like to continue his form.
Unadkat has picked six wickets so far in this series and will want to continue his form in the final.
The young fast bowler from Mumbai has done well in the absence of premier cricketers. He has claimed six wickets so far in this series and hold the key with the new ball.
Indian team management will want early wickets from him in the final against Bangladesh.
Chahal has been economical throughout the Nidahas Trophy leading the spin department. He has picked five wickets so far in this series and will hold the key in the finals.
Chahal along with Sundar will have to bowl tight overs in the middle if India wants to have a grip on the game.
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