Bangladesh national cricket team captured during their practice session ahead of their third and final T20 match against Bangladesh at Nagpur. -Collected.
A determined Bangladesh will hope to cap their fairytale campaign with yet another stunning display as they go in search of an all-important series decider final T20 match against hosts India at Nagpur's Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium today.
Even though both Bangladesh and India sent second-string squads for the historic tournament with the unavailability of the stars like Shakib and Tamim, few expected Bangladesh to beat India in the first T20.
India responded to their first T20 defeat by reminding Bangladesh why they are one of the best T20 sides World with a thumping series leveling win in the second T20. The visitors who are hoping high of sealing first ever T20 series against India, want to prove it was no fluke they thumped India in the first T20
Even the morale of the Bangladesh team was at its lowest after their star Shakib's recent ban issue. But under Mahmudullah's brilliant leadership and motivation Bangladesh restored some pride by producing stunning win in the first T20.
Keeping their maiden T20 series win in mind Bangladesh made a powerful start in the second T20 after being put into bat first. But Indian slow bowlers and skipper Rohit Sharma's blazing knock shattered Tigers' dream. As the series is still alive, both teams will desperately looking to win the final T20.
Key to their fortune has been Mushfiqur Rahim's sensational form and teenage leg spinner Aminul Islam's mysterious spin. Aminul impressed everyone by holding his nerve under pressue.
"It was a very good wicket (in Rajkot), but we were 25-30 runs short. Having said that, credit to Rohit and Shikhar, how they started. Momentum went their way. Aminul is a great find for us, the way he's been putting effort. Hopefully, he will continue. We need to assess the conditions when we go to Nagpur. We needed to be a bit more positive." Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah said.
From being the underdogs to world beaters, Bangladesh's dramatic turnaround in the last couple of years has been hailed by the whos of cricket. With their consistent performances, The Tigers have shrugged off the 'minnows' tag and their progress in the all three formats of cricket has been exceptional.
Bangladesh would depend on their top orders Soumya, Liton, Naim, Mushfiq and Mahmudullah. Opener Naim has already came into limelight with his attacking batting during powerplay overs. Bangladesh could be unchangeable in the final T20 but the worrying factor for the visitors' middle order collapse.Meanwhile, the home side boast the likes of superstars Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul in the batting line up.
"I never underestimate the opposition, particularly the bowlers... all these years I have only tried to do my best when I have the bat in my hand. We want to finish well and there is a whole West Indies series coming up and not to forget the two Test matches as well. The year 2019 has been very good so far. Just want to finish it off on a good note." Indian captain Rohit Sharma said.
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