Bangladesh and India are all set to lock horns in the 5th match of the Nidahas Trophy tomorrow. The Tigers will be pretty excited about the fact that they ended up chasing a mammoth total of 215 runs. It was a sensational batting performance by the Tigers. This chase is Bangladesh’s highest total in the shortest format of the game.
Mushfiqur Rahim was the star of the match while openers Liton Das and Tamim Iqbal got them off to a flier. But they will now face a sterner opposition tomorrow. It will be a crucial encounter for Bangladesh. The Men in Blue, on the other hand, will look to continue their winning streak after losing the opening clash to Sri Lanka.
So with the 5th match of the Nidahas Trophy still a few hours away let us have a look at the Predicted XI of Bangladesh:
Liton was in superb form in the previous encounter. It was his breezy knock of 42 runs of a mere 19 deliveries which set the Tigers up to chase the total down. He struck some audacious shots, and in the company of Tamim, Bangladesh raced off to 70 in the first five overs. He will look to come good against the Men in Blue tomorrow.
The southpaw also made batting look ridiculously easy in the previous clash. He began with a couple of exquisite drives through the cover region and slowly gained in confidence as the innings progressed. He scored a superb 48 of 29 deliveries and shared a brilliant opening stand with Liton. Tamim has played some brilliant knocks against India, and he will be hoping that tomorrow is one such day.
The southpaw scored 24 of 22 deliveries which included a couple of fours and a six. He couldn’t quite consolidate on his start and was eventually dismissed by Nuwan Pradeep. He can also bowl some handy medium pacers and will look to prove his worth tomorrow.
The former skipper was at his sublime best. He struck some ferocious shots and took the Sri Lankan bowlers head-on in the previous clash. He smashed five fours and four sixes during an unbeaten knock of 72 of just 35 deliveries. The celebrations which followed after the victory hogged the headlines more than the victory. The Nagin dance went viral within a blink of an eye.
The skipper smashed a quickfire 20 of 11 deliveries which included a four and a six. Earlier in the day he also bowled well and bagged a couple of wickets for conceding 15 runs in his two overs spell. He has been left wanting in the captaincy department at times, and with the match against India not many hours away he will look to improve in the tactical department.
Rahman was run out for a duck in the previous clash, but by then Bangladesh was within touching distance of the target. He is a useful all-rounder and will keep his place for tomorrow’s clash.
The off-spinner has been a handy option for Bangladesh lower dower in the order. He has provided some crucial runs late in the order and has also been their premier spinner when it comes to bowling. He has proved in the past that he can make the ball bite off the surface, especially in subcontinental conditions.
The fast bowler was smashed for 40 runs in 3 overs in the previous match. He looked off colour but did manage to bag a wicket. Bangladesh won’t look to change their winning combination, and hence Taskin should retain his place despite an off day. It was not only Taskin as all the bowlers were smashed all around the park.
He has looked threatening in the series so far. However, in the previous match like most bowlers, he was smashed for 45 runs in his four overs spell. Given his form, he will be a part of the playing XI tomorrow.
The Cutter specialist went for 48 runs in the previous encounter but was also the most successful bowler for them. He bagged three wickets but at times was patchy. He hasn’t quite been the same Mustafizur when he burst on to the scene 3 years ago. He has done well, but the batsmen have been reading him well in the recent times.
He bowled only a couple of overs in the previous match and went for 20 runs. It was Mahmudullah who completed his quota, and the moved paid off. The spinner hasn’t been consistent, but as of now, he should retain his place tomorrow.
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