Kuldeep Sen and Umran Malik
Kuldeep Sen and Umran Malik (Getty Images)

Indian pacer Kuldeep Sen, who made his debut in the previous game against Bangladesh, has been rested and wasn’t available for selection as team India looks to make a comeback in the series after losing the first ODI by a close margin.

Umran Malik has replaced Kuldeep Sen in India’s XI for their must-win encounter against the hosts. Bangladesh skipper Litton Das decided to bat first after winning the toss. The host team also has one change in their playing XI from the previous game as Nasum Ahmed comes in place of Hasan Mahmud.

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Kuldeep Sen
Kuldeep Sen (Credits: Twitter)

Kuldeep Sen Struggling With Back Stiffness

After the first ODI, Kuldeep Sen complained about back tightness. After evaluating him, the BCCI Medical Team suggested that he rest. For the second ODI, he was not available for selection.

“Kuldeep Sen complained of back stiffness following the first ODI against Bangladesh on Sunday. The BCCI Medical Team assessed him and has advised him rest. He was not available for selection for the 2nd ODI,” said the BCCI.

Kuldeep Sen India Debut ODI
Kuldeep Sen India Debut ODI. Image Credits: BCCI

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Kuldeep had made his debut in the series opener a few nights prior at the same location. Although pricey, the right-arm bowler did manage to take a few wickets.

His two sixes against Mehidy Hasan shifted the tide in Bangladesh’s favor. To pull off a remarkable victory for Bangladesh, Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman put together an uninterrupted 51-run stand for the last wicket.

India made another alteration to their starting XI in addition to Kuldeep. Axar Patel, a seasoned all-rounder who missed selection due to a niggle, has quickly replaced Shahbaz Ahmed in the lineup after regaining his fitness.

Axar Patel
Axar Patel (Image Credit: Twitter)

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik

Bangladesh (Playing XI): Najmul Hossain Shanto, Litton Das(c), Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman

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