Thursday, March 30, 2023

third ODI: Damage-plagued India stare at clear sweep by ‘Bangla Tigers’


CHATTOGRAM: A struggling Indian group, severely depleted by a spate of on-field accidents and fitness-related issues, might be decided to keep away from the ignominy of a clear sweep towards Bangladesh within the last ODI of the three-match sequence right here on Saturday.

Bangladesh, using on two contrasting but sensible knocks from Mehidy Hasan Miraz, have already sealed the sequence after profitable the primary two matches but when Litton Das’ males can clean the ‘Males in Blue’ 3-0, will probably be a historic first within the nation’s cricket.

Not solely will it’s an icing on the cake for the hosts but in addition considerably dent the visiting group’s confidence forward of the Take a look at sequence, beginning at this very venue in lower than every week’s time (December 14).

For India, there have been 20 cricketers initially out there for this sequence since there was a really brief turnaround time between the primary ODI in Bangladesh and the final recreation in New Zealand as some gamers in each squads have been widespread.

However name it a merciless accident as inside every week issues have gone from dangerous to worse they usually solely have 13 match and out there gamers to select from for the ultimate recreation.

Such has been the plight that Kuldeep Yadav has been flown into Chattogram on SOS foundation because the Indian bowling assault seems to be skinny on expertise. The left-arm wrist spinner with 118 wickets from 72 ODIs would be the most skilled bowler within the line-up.

Common skipper Rohit Sharma sustained a left thumb dislocation and has flown again dwelling.

Up-and-coming pacer Kuldeep Sen suffered a again damage after enjoying his first worldwide recreation.

Seamer Deepak Chahar continued his saga of breaking down in nearly all of the sequence he has performed since his comeback from an extended lay-off.

Add to this, Axar Patel suffered successful within the ribs and missed the primary recreation whereas Rishabh Pant, who flew all the best way from New Zealand, reportedly had a niggle and needed to be rested for an extreme workload previous to this sequence.

In truth, there might be two pressured modifications within the enjoying eleven with Rohit and Chahar already unavailable.

It’s there to be seen whether or not India herald Ishan Kishan into the enjoying XI as an opener or stand-in skipper KL Rahul, who’s now a delegated middle-order batter-keeper on this format, decides to advertise himself similar to in the course of the tour of South Africa.

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The opposite choice is constant with Virat Kohli-Shikhar Dhawan mixture and get somebody like Rahul Tripathi, who also can bowl some cutters at mid 120 clicks, within the enjoying XI.

If the group administration goes for a pure batter quite than a utility participant, then the fashionable Rajat Patidar may get his first recreation for India.

In case of Chahar’s alternative, there is not a back-up pacer out there and the group won’t have an choice however to fall again to all-rounder Shahbaz Ahmed, who could possibly be the sixth bowling choice.

India’s five-pronged bowling assault might be Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Washington Sundar and Axar Patel.

With no Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja, the Indian bowling unit’s efficiency on the back-end has been removed from spectacular.

Within the first match, it was plain and easy poor bowling when just one wicket to get and 51 runs nonetheless required, whereas within the second recreation, Bangladesh scored 200-plus runs after being six down for 69.

Within the second recreation, Chahar’s breakdown with one other hamstring damage prompted skipper Rohit Sharma to make a terse assertion about how one must unravel the difficulty to search out out why so many gamers (quick bowlers particularly) are getting injured in latest instances.

Whereas a full-strength Bangladesh will begin as favourites within the last recreation, the larger fear might be KL Rahul, the skipper. His report, save within the ODI sequence win towards a below-par Zimbabwe, has been dismal and the very last thing he would wish is one other clear sweep defeat towards his identify after the tour of South Africa.

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Until now, there was little or no indication that Rahul is a long-time future India captain, who can show above-average management acumen within the matches that he has led up to now.

The Groups (From): India: KL Rahul (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Mohammed Siraj, Rajat Patidar, Rahul Tripathi, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Kuldeep Yadav.

Bangladesh: Litton Kumer Das, Anamul Hague Bijoy, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Yasir All Chowdhury, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Hasan Mahmud, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Nasum Ahmed, Mahmud Ullah, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Quazi Nurul Hasan Sohan, Shoriful Islam.

Match begins: 11:30 am IST.

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