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3rd ODI: India needs to win last match to avoid clean sweep by Bangladesh

Indian cricketers have been passing through multiple injuries and fitness-related issues in the ongoing series in Bangladesh, Indian team has looked dejected and disjointed during the first two ODIs against the home side.

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: Indian cricketers have been passing through multiple injuries and fitness-related issues in the ongoing series in Bangladesh. Team India has looked dejected and disjointed during the first two ODIs against the home side.

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Despite trailing 2-0 in the series, India should go all out to win the last match to be played at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogramon, on Saturday to avoid the clean sweep and get some confidence before the start of the Test series.

The first two matches went to the wire, and Bangladesh pulled out two remarkable victories in the close contest. Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s two superb knocks in crunch time shifted the pendulum of the series. His calm and composed batting has sealed the series in favour of Bangladesh. If fortune had been with India, the outcome would have been different. Two victories have given the home team a lot of confidence.

The hosts have dented the visiting team’s morale before the two-Test series starts on December 14.

KL Rahul will be the captain in the final ODI in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma, who sustained a thumb injury in the second ODI and has flown back to India for treatment. Emerging speedster Kuldeep Sen is on the injury list after suffering a back injury in his maiden international match.

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Axar Patel was hit in the ribs, so he failed to take the field in the opening match. Seamer Deepak Chahar is not fit to be part of the third ODI. Therefore, several new faces are likely to be fielded in the last match of the series.

Who will open the innings for India? KL Rahul must either promote himself or opt for the Virat Kohli-Shikhar Dhawan combination. Ishan Kishan can also be included in the final eleven as a makeshift opener.

Despite the injury and absence of regular players, it is a blessing in disguise for the youngsters to play for India, show their skill and talent, and win the match for India.

The Teams (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, and Kuldeep Yadav.

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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.

 

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