The third T20I between India and Bangladesh will be played in Nagpur. India made a statement in the second T20I by chasing a target of 154 with 26 balls to spare as they levelled the series one all. The head-to-head T20I record between the two teams now stands at nine wins for India and a solitary win for Bangladesh.
Weather and Ground Details
The weather in Nagpur is expected to be dry on Sunday and the series decider should be played without any interruptions.
Coming to the surface, the track at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium has altered from being extremely batting friendly in 2009 when Sri Lanka put on 215/5 in the first innings to a particularly low scoring venue where India defended 144 in the last T20I here against England in 2017. During the 2016 T20 World Cup as well, New Zealand was able to defend 126 at this venue. Overall, the average first innings total here in 11 T20Is has been 149.
In the eleven T20Is played here, spinners have picked up wickets more frequently – 19 balls per wicket as compared to 21 balls per wicket for the pacers. The spinners have been more economical than pacers as well (6.5 vs 7.5).
Diving further into different bowling techniques, right-arm leg spinners have the best record here. They have picked up 20 wickets at 16.5 balls per wicket. Going by this stat, the pick of the bowlers for their sides in the second T20I, Yuzvendra Chahal and Aminul Islam can be a good pick in the fantasy XI.
The off-spinners have also had success here as they have picked up 24 wickets at 18.5 balls per wicket.
Among pacers, the left-arm pacers have had a slight edge over their right-arm counterparts with 20 balls wicket vs 20.8 for left-arm pacers
It is hard to look past the Indian skipper after his breath-taking innings in the second T20I. Since 2018, Rohit has been in prime form in T20Is and has hit eight 50+scores including 2 centuries. He is not only the leading run-scorer in T20I cricket but also dons an impressive average of 45 against Bangladesh.
Our first x-factor is the Indian leggie, Yuzvendra Chahal. He has been the best bowler in the current T20 series. However, he has picked up only three wickets but has looked threatening in each spell. If not for some mediocre fielding, he would have had a few more wickets to his name. With 23 wickets since 2018, at an impressive strike-rate of 19.8 balls per wicket, he should be a sure pick in your fantasy XI.
Our second X-factor is Bangladesh’s leggie, Aminul Islam. While Rohit Sharma smashed all the bowlers around the park, Aminul continued his good form from the first T20I and ended by being the only Bangladesh bowler to be amongst the wickets. With the pitch at Nagpur expected to help the spinners, Aminul’s credentials and current form are inspiring enough to earn him a place in your fantasy XI.
Our third X-factor is Shreyas Iyer. Although he has not had much to do in the two T20Is so far, he has been imposing in his short stay at the crease and has looked on the brink of a big innings. Still inexperienced in international T20s, Iyer has been prolific in domestic T20s and averages 40.8 since 2018 – numbers good enough to earn him a place in India’s T20 side and your fantasy XI.
Suggested Fantasy XI
Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Rohit Sharma ©, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Aminul Islam, Yuzvendra Chahal